Can Cognitive Training Help Patients Cope With Tinnitus?
An internet-based program to improve mental acuity may help patients cope with tinnitus, according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Jay Piccirillo, MD, professor of otolaryngology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues randomly assigned 40 adults who had bothersome tinnitus for more than 6 months to the online Brain Fitness Program-Tinnitus program, or a non-tinnitus program.

Neuroimaging of those who underwent the treatment showed changes in the areas responsible for attention and mental control, the researchers found. On specific tests of memory, attention, and behavioral measures, the researchers didn't note any differences. However, study participants felt there were improvements. Half of those who completed the online program said they felt there were improvements in their tinnitus as well as improvements in memory, attention, and concentration, compared with patients who didn't use the program.