By Nilsson S; Axelsson A; Li De G.
[Acupuncture for tinnitus management]
Scandinavian Audiology, 1992, 21(4):245-51.
AT: UCLA Biomed W1 SC131
(PE title: Scandinavian audiology.)
AT: UCLA Biomed W1 SC131A
(PE title: Scandinavian audiology. Supplementum.)
Abstract: Fifty-six patients with continuous and severe tinnitus as their major
complaint were treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture. After a
pre-treatment period with baseline evaluation of tinnitus, 10 treatments
were given during a period of 20 days, followed by a post-treatment period
in order to obtain indications of prolonged treatment effects. Assessments
were made using visual analogue scales (VAS) and a verbal retrospective
Three patients reported improvement which lasted for at least
10 days after the last treatment, indicating a possible long-term effect in
some cases. Twenty-one percent of the patients reported transient intensity
reductions lasting for hours/days. Estimated 'substantial' improvement rate
by VAS, consistent for all three parameters involved (intensity, annoyance,
awareness), was 20%, while the corresponding deterioration rate was 25.
Statistical analysis of the whole group did not show any significant
general treatment effects. Interactions between treatment evaluations by
verbal rating and VAS are discussed as well as interactions with