Author: Henk M Koning1, Frits J van Hemert2
1 Department of Pain therapy, Pain Clinic De Bilt, De Bilt, The Netherlands.
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bergman Clinic, Almere, The Netherlands.
Conference/Journal: Int Tinnitus J
Date published: 2022 Mar 3
Other: Volume ID: 25 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 172-175 , Special Notes: doi: 10.5935/0946-5448.20210031. , Word Count: 215
Vagal nerve stimulation is a promising therapy for tinnitus. Pulsed radiofrequency is a minimally invasive neuromodulator technique that could be applied repeatedly without damage to neural tissue. In this case-study we document the use of pulsed radiofrequency of the vagal nerve as a successful therapy without harm for patients with tinnitus.
A 22-gauge, 60 mm-long needle with a 5 mm active tip was placed percutaneously at the inner side of the tragus. The auricular branch of the vagal nerve was subjected to pulsed radiofrequency at 42 V, 2 Hz, and 10 milliseconds for 10 minutes.
Pulsed radiofrequency of the vagal nerve can reduce tinnitus and improve hearing in a patient with severe tinnitus and hearing loss. The intensity of the tinnitus was reduced to 5% of the original intensity at the left side and to 20% at the right side. An improved hearing of 20 to 30 dB from 250 Hz to 8 kHz in the left ear and from 250 Hz to 2 kHz in the right ear was objectivated in the audiogram.
This case-study document that PRF of the vagal nerve can reduce tinnitus and improve hearing in a patient with severe tinnitus and hearing loss. However, further research of PRF of the vagal nerve in tinnitus patients is needed.
Keywords: Hearing loss; Pulsed radiofrequency; Tinnitus; Vagal nerve stimulation.
PMID: 35239302 DOI: 10.5935/0946-5448.20210031