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Stressed? The Tinnitus Link

by Kenneth Greenspan, MD

Hearing Health Magazine

Vol. 14, No.2 Mar/ Apr 1998

Hearing Health magazine recently reported on the development of a multiple therapy treatment plan designed by Dr. Kenneth Greenspan to reduce stress in patients suffering from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or hyperacusis (extreme sensitivity to sound), which he said helps relieve their symptoms. Dr. Greenspan uses a combination of relaxation therapy, biofeedback, supportive and cognitive psychotherapies, transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS), craniosacral therapy, and sometimes anti-depressant medication / tranquilizers over the course of a 20-week program.

TENS affects sensory and motor systems by relieving tension in the head, neck, or facial area. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on form of bodywork that relaxes cranial and cervical bones. Both of these treatments are accomplished through direct physical intervention. All aspects of the multiple therapy treatment program help reduce stress, which in turn reduces the emotional distress associated with both tinnitus and hyperacusis. The effectiveness of Dr. Greenspan's program is in testing now by Dr. Jack Wazen, an otolaryngologist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Greenspan is director of The Center for Stress and Pain Related Disorders at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.


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