This firm is selling three models of TENS units (transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulators). The prices range between $600 and $1000. There is a 30-day money back guarantee... with a 10% restocking fee. So for $60-$100 (assuming they honor the guarantee and your package does not mysteriously disappear in shipping or you didn’t otherwise lose your right to a refund) you can find out if this device works for you, right? Interestingly, you can buy non-prescription TENS units on amazon.com that seem to average about $60-100 in price. Some are less expensive, and some are more. These are not complicated devices.
The units this firm is selling are marketed for “relief of” chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Would you not agree that those are pretty intractable problems (meaning that they are very difficult to successfully treat under current technology)? That’s true for any one of them, let alone all four of these conditions. In fact, like tinnitus, those conditions have a wide range of causes, subjective patient experience, and are even difficult to verify.
Let's use some common sense here. The website prominently proclaims a 99.9% satisfaction rate among the company’s customers. On the face of it, that is an absurd claim. You can't get 99.9% product satisfaction on one particular model of pencil you give away for free let alone anything that costs $600-$1000 and is used to treat a challenging issue like pain, anxiety, depression, or insomnia. For me this alone is a HUGE red flag. It is the kind of marketing used by fraudsters.
Where that 99.9% number came from: their scientific study was a survey of their customers. About a third didn't respond. About a third didn't answer all of the questions on the survey (and so were eliminated from the study pool). They say they ended up with only one dissatisfied customer in the study pool and 1744 satisfied customers. http://www.alpha-stim.com/wp-content...er-Survey1.pdf The study was conducted by a doctor who also happens to be the director of marketing for the firm.
Marketing surveys are not scientific research as to the effectiveness of a product even if they are conducted scientifically, and there are ample reasons to suspect this one was not despite the scientific journal-like format of the study report.
TENS units can provide some temporary relief of chronic pain and are used for that purpose in rehabilitation medicine. As you might suspect, they're not wonder devices--they help somewhat. For chronic pain or any other intractable condition, that's the best anyone can generally do right now. Some patients get good or fair results; others get no relief. Whether TENS can help with these other problems, I honestly don’t know one way or the other but sure wouldn't use a firm claiming 99.9% satisfaction to try. Since many people believe that at least some forms of tinnitus are related to nerve injury, it does make some sense that electronically stimulating the correct nerve (if it can be reached) could be useful for some patients, but as the OP said, TENS is not a known-to-be generally effective treatment of tinnitus. There is no known-to-be generally effective treatment for tinnitus at this time. Work continues on stem cell and pharmacological approaches.If you really want to experiment with the use of a TENS unit for treatment of your tinnitus, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, or insomnia, you can do so on amazon for a lot less money than this.
To our new poster, if you are sincere, I am happy for your good results and wish you continued success. Others may want to be careful. Because of people’s desperate desires for relief, there are a LOT of scams for treatment of tinnitus that just make other people wealthy.
Last edited by hamjor; 03-03-2012 at 11:36 AM.
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