Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a treatment for tinnitus

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Objectives/Hypothesis:
To determine the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment for tinnitus.

Study Design:
Single‐site prospective interventional clinical trial at a university hospital in the United Kingdom. Methods Participants were provided with tEMDR. This is a bespoke EMDR protocol that was developed specifically to treat individuals with tinnitus. Participants received a maximum of 10 sessions of tEMDR. Outcome measures including tinnitus questionnaires and mood questionnaires were recorded at baseline, discharge, and at 6 months postdischarge.

Results:
Tinnitus Handicap Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory scores demonstrated a statistically significant improvement at discharge after EMDR intervention (P = .0005 and P = .0098, respectively); this improvement was maintained at 6 months postdischarge. There was also a moderate but not significant (P = .0625) improvement in Beck Anxiety Inventory scores.

Conclusions:
This study has demonstrated that the provision of tEMDR has resulted in a clinically and statistically significant improvement in tinnitus symptoms in the majority of those participants who took part. Furthermore, the treatment effect was maintained at 6 months after treatment ceased. This study is of particular interest, as the study protocol was designed to be purposefully inclusive of a diverse range of tinnitus patients. However, as a small uncontrolled study, these results do not consider the significant effects of placebo and therapist interaction. Larger high‐quality studies are essential for the verification of these preliminary results.

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Author(s)

John S. Phillips
Sally Erskine
Tal Moore
Ian Nunney
Catherine Wright

Original Work Citation

Phillips, J. S., Erskine, S., Moore, T., Nunney, I., & Wright, C. (2019, January). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a treatment for tinnitus. The Laryngoscope. doi:10.1002/lary.27841

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Citation

“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a treatment for tinnitus,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed May 14, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/25727.

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