The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Notched Music Therapy for Tinnitus Patients


Department of Ear Nose Throat, Sakonnakhon Hospital, Sakonnakhon, Thailand


Division of Otology Neurotology Audiology and Balance, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

J Int Adv Otol 2021; 17: 221-227
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2021.9385
Read: 104 Downloads: 27 Published: 31 May 2021

OBJECTIVE: To compare the tinnitus treatment outcomes of tailor-made notched music therapy and ordinary music.

METHODS: A double-blind, randomized, controlled trial was conducted on 104 Thai patients with chronic subjective tinnitus. Tinnitus matching was done on all subjects before they were randomly allocated to one of 2 groups: a treatment group (listening to tailor-made notched music) and a control group (listening to ordinary music). Each participant received their allocated intervention and was assessed at 1, 3, and 6 months.

RESULTS: The demographic data of the 2 groups showed no statistically significant differences. The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory and the total Visual Analong Scale also demonstrated no significant differences. However, the treatment group showed a greater reduction in their scores than the control group during the follow-up period.

CONCLUSION: Tailor-made notched music therapy is an optional treatment for patients with bothersome subjective tinnitus. However, more research is needed to draw firm conclusions about its benefits and cost-effectiveness.

Cite this article as: Atipas S, Therdphaothai J, Suvansit K, Prakairungthong S, Thongyai K, Limviriyakul S. A randomized, controlled trial of notched music therapy for tinnitus patients. J Int Adv Otol. 2021;17(3):221-227.

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