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EMG biofeedback in the treatment of tinnitus : an experimental evaluation

Haralambous, George, Wilson, Peter, Platt-Hepworth, Sarah, Tonkin, John, Hensley, V. Rae, & Kavanagh, David (1987) EMG biofeedback in the treatment of tinnitus : an experimental evaluation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 25(1), pp. 49-55.

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Abstract

26 tinnitus patients received either electromyogram (EMG) biofeedback with counterdemand instructions, EMG biofeedback with neutral demand instructions, or no treatment. Assessment was conducted on self-report measures of the distress associated with tinnitus, the loudness, annoyance and awareness of tinnitus, sleep-onset difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Audiological assessment of tinnitus was also conducted and EMG levels were measured (the latter only in the 2 treatment groups). No significant treatment effects were found on any of the measures. There was a significant decrease in the ratings of tinnitus awareness over the assessment occasions, but the degree of change was equivalent for treated and untreated groups. Results do not support the assertion that EMG biofeedback is an effective treatment for tinnitus.

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ID Code: 29341
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: EMG biofeedback, Psychological distress, Patients with tinnitus
DOI: 10.1016/0005-7967(87)90114-8
ISSN: 0005-7967
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2009 13:41
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 04:21

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