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Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Jul-Aug;82(4):458-65. doi: 10.1016/j.bjorl.2016.04.002. Epub 2016 Apr 30.

Effectiveness of acupuncture therapy as treatment for tinnitus: a randomized controlled trial.

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1
Rehabilitation Science Program Associate, Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), Londrina, PR, Brazil; Universidade Norte do Parana (UNOPAR), Londrina, PR, Brazil. Electronic address: marcelo.doi@unopar.br.
2
Rehabilitation Science Program Associate, Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), Londrina, PR, Brazil; Universidade Norte do Parana (UNOPAR), Londrina, PR, Brazil.
3
Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), Londrina, PR, Brazil; Medical Residency Program Supervisor in Otolaryngology, Hospital Universitário de Londrina (UEL), Londrina, PR, Brazil.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Tinnitus is a subjective sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of an external stimulus, which significantly worsens the quality of life in 15-25% of affected individuals.

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for tinnitus.

METHODS:

Randomized clinical trial (

REBEC:

2T9T7Q) with 50 participants with tinnitus, divided into two groups: 25 participants in the acupuncture group and 25 participants in the control group. The acupuncture group received acupuncture treatment and the control group received no treatment. After a period of 5 weeks, they were called to perform the final evaluation and the control group received acupuncture treatment for ethical reasons.

RESULTS:

A statistically significant result was found for the primary outcome, reducing the intensity of tinnitus, with p=0.0001 and the secondary endpoint, showing improvement in quality of life, with p=0.0001.

CONCLUSION:

Chinese scalp acupuncture associated with bilateral electroacupuncture demonstrated, in the short term, a statistically significant improvement by reducing the level of tinnitus intensity, as well as improving the quality of life of individuals with tinnitus.

KEYWORDS:

Acupuncture therapy; Ensaio clínico controlado aleatório; Qualidade de vida; Quality of life; Randomized controlled trial; Reabilitação; Rehabilitation; Terapia por acupuntura; Tinnitus; Zumbido

PMID:
27210823
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjorl.2016.04.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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