Qigong May Treat Tinnitus, a Hearing Disorder
Aug 25, 2010 - Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. It is a common hearing disorder (especially among people who 55 or older) that is hard to treat. Recently several German scientists found that Qigong may be a useful complement to the therapeutic management of patients with tinnitus.
In a study performed by these scientists, 80 patients with tinnitus of at least 3 months duration were randomly assigned to an intervention group consisting of 10 Qigong training sessions in 5 weeks or a waiting-list control group. Tinnitus severity was assessed with a visual analogue scale (VAS) and with a tinnitus questionnaire (TBF-12) before treatment, immediately after treatment, and 1 and 3 months after treatment.
At the end of the study, Qigong did not cause any side effects and was completed by 80% of the assigned patients. Compared with the control group, Qigong participants experienced decrease in tinnitus severity, as reflected by a significant reduction in both the VAS and the TBF-12. In the subgroup of patients with somatosensoric tinnitus, Qigong effects were more pronounced, resulting in a highly significant improvement in both scales compared to the waiting-list group.
These findings suggest that Qigong interventions could be a useful complement to the therapeutic management of patients with tinnitus and especially for those with somatosensoric components. In addition, the patients' satisfaction with the intervention, a high degree of completion, and the stability of the effects for at least 3 months after the intervention further underscore the potential of Qigong in the treatment of tinnitus.
This study is published in the latest issue of Journal of psychosomatic research.