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Steroid injection not helpful for tinnitus

People who suffer with severe, disabling ringing in the ears known as tinnitus are unlikely to find relief with steroid injections in the ringing ear.

Steroid injection not helpful for tinnitus

Contrary to some previous reports, recent research suggests that people who suffer with severe, disabling ringing in the ears known as tinnitus are unlikely to find relief with steroid injections in the ringing ear. Drug therapies directed to the central nervous system, retraining therapy, and masking strategies may be more promising avenues of treatment for troubling tinnitus. Tinnitus is a common disorder. It can arise from a number of causes, from ear-wax build-up to medication side effects to hearing loss. For some people, the noise is persistent and bothersome enough to interfere with daily life. Researchers from the Brasilia University Medical School, Brazil, randomly assigned 36 individuals with disabling tinnitus to receive middle-ear injections of either dexamethasone solution or inactive saline once a week for 4 weeks. Steroid injections were no better than saline injections in relieving tinnitus. It was found that twenty-nine percent of ears in the saline group and 33 percent of ears in the steroid group improved with treatment. Moreover, the ringing in the ears that had initially improved eventually returned to the same intensity as before treatment over the next month.
Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery,
February 2005
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