Magnetic therapy may not improve tinnitus, a condition characterised by constant ringing in the ears, according to a study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in the US.
Researchers enrolled 14 patients with severe tinnitus, who received ten sessions of magnetic therapy over a two-week period, followed by ten sessions over another two weeks with a fake magnet.
The magnet was placed near the patients’ left ear, by the part of the brain that processes sound.
The results revealed that patients did not experience improvement in tinnitus after receiving magnetic therapy.
Researchers have noted that short duration of study, low number of people in the study, and the placement of the magnetic may have lowered the effectiveness of the therapy.
Researchers are planning to conduct a study involving 160 patients who will receive four weeks of treatment instead of two weeks, to further assess the benefits of magnetic therapy in improving tinnitus.