Tinnitus is a serious condition where patients suffer from a permanent ringing sound that appears as if it comes from the head or ears without any acoustic source outside or inside the body. TMS on the auditory cortex has often been suggested as a potential remedy. However, our recent large randomized controlled trial showed that overall effects were not clinically meaningful. We did observe a small effect for patients with a higher burden on some scales.
To read more, see our paper that just was published online:
Hoekstra C.E.L., Versnel H., Neggers S.F.W., Niesten M.E.F., van Zanten G.A. Bilateral Low-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the Auditory Cortex in Tinnitus Patients Is Not Effective: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Audiol Neurotol 2013;18:362-373
This study was a the result of a long term cooperation between the STARlab and the Dept of Otorhinolaryngology at the UMC Utrecht.