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Tinnitus, A Military Epidemic: Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy The Answer?

Summer 2009

Baldwin TM. 09(3). 33 - 43. (Journal Article)


Tinnitus is the phantom perception of sound in the absence of overt acoustic stimulation. Its impact on the military population is alarming. Annually, tinnitus is the most prevalent disability among new cases added to the Veterans Affairs numbers. Also, it is currently the most common disability from the War on Terror. Conventional medical treatments for tinnitus are well documented, but prove to be unsatisfying. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy may improve tinnitus, but the significance of the level of improvement is not clear. There is a case for large randomized trials of high methodological rigor in order to define the true extent of the benefit with the administration of HBO2 therapy for tinnitus.

PMID: 19739475