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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-80

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation: Review of the novel technique for the treatment of tinnitus

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Abdulazeez O Ahmed
P. O. Box: 14529, Main Post Office, Kano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.182286

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Tinnitus remains a huge burden worldwide. It is said to affect one third of persons at some point in their lives. Various therapeutic approaches have been tried without a seemingly appreciable result. This article reviews the role of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) as a novel method of treating patients with tinnitus. To review the literature on rTMS in the management of tinnitus. Literature search using a systematic review of available databases such as PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane library, Web of science and Science Direct was used. The efficacy of this new method of treating tinnitus is yet to be fully documented. Long-term effects such as induction of metaplastic change, genetic mutation from the magnetic fields surrounding the underlying tissues are all possible. To improve and strengthen acceptability in its efficacy, some of these adverse effects have to be adequately controlled.

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