Reduction of congenital nystagmus amplitude with auditory biofeedback.


PURPOSE Treatment options for congenital nystagmus without null position are limited. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of auditory biofeedback in controlling congenital nystagmus. METHODS Ten patients with congenital nystagmus without null position underwent 6 sessions (twice a week for 3 weeks) of auditory biofeedback. Each half-hour session had simultaneous electronystagmographic recording done during the session. RESULTS The patients could reduce the nystagmus during the treatment sessions. Mean amplitude (degrees) of nystagmus was reduced from 6. 28 +/- 4.94 to 3.05 +/- 2.48 (P =.028) and mean intensity (amplitude x frequency) was reduced from 33.37 +/- 22.84 to 13.35 +/- 7.99 (P =. 0174), but the mean frequency change was not significant, from 5.8 +/- 1.05 to 4.98 +/- 1.35 (P =.148). The mean amplitude and mean intensity decreased by 51% and 60%, respectively. After completion of the session, although a subjective improvement was reported, the patient's binocular visual acuity on Snellen's charts and contrast sensitivity did not show any significant change. Also no sustained benefit was noted because the electronystagmographic recordings reverted to baseline after the auditory stimulus for biofeedback was discontinued. CONCLUSION Simultaneous electronystagmographic recording shows significant reduction of nystagmus amplitude and intensity because of auditory biofeedback only during the treatment session. The beneficial effect does not persist after the auditory stimulus is discontinued. No objective effect on visual acuity and contrast sensitivity was noted after the therapy.

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@article{Sharma2000ReductionOC, title={Reduction of congenital nystagmus amplitude with auditory biofeedback.}, author={Pradeep Sharma and Rakesh Tandon and S Kumar and Sneh Anand}, journal={Journal of AAPOS : the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus}, year={2000}, volume={4 5}, pages={287-90} }