Friday, March 11, 2016

Tinnitus: Is there a place for brain stimulation?

Authors: van Zwieten G, Smit JV, Jahanshahi A, Temel Y, Stokroos RJ Abstract Tinnitus is the perception of a “phantom sound” and has a high prevalence. Although many therapies have been investigated within the last decades, there is still no effective standard therapy. Animal studies and human functional imaging studies revealed that tinnitus perception is associated with many complex changes in multiple brain structures. There is growing evidence that brain stimulation might be able to interrupt the local altered neuronal activity and hereby inhibit tinnitus perception. In this editorial review, an update is given on the most promising targets for brain stimulation. Promising structures for stimulation are the dorsal cochlear nucleus, the inferior colliculus and the medial genicul…

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