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Where do I buy this transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (TVNS) device for ‘ear tickle’


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#1 ryukenden

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 08:04 PM


People who tried the therapy - named transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (TVNS) - also reported improvements to their mood and sleep.

Where do I buy it with ear cable?

It looks very similar to the following device but it does not come with ear cable?


Edited by ryukenden, 30 July 2019 - 08:07 PM.

#2 adamh

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:57 PM

I bought a tens unit off ebay cheap and also ear electrode clips. Read my write up in the bioscience news forum thread on the subject

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#3 ryukenden

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 11:17 AM

I bought a tens unit off ebay cheap and also ear electrode clips. Read my write up in the bioscience news forum thread on the subject

Thanks. I bought it from https://www.tensunits.com/ and ordered ear clips from Amazon.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 03:31 PM

Hi Adamh,


I could not look your writeup in Bioscience on this. What frequency ( Hz) do you use and for how long?

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 10:59 PM

I am using this TENS unit that you may be able to find cheaper on ebay.



I am using these ear clips for my tragus and ear lobe electrode connections



They do not clip very tightly and tend to fall off, especially the one on the tragus. I find if

I loop the lead for the tragus clip over my ear, it holds on better.  I generally put face cream

or spit on my tragus and ear lobe to increase conductivity, and that tends to make them



You can also buy a kit with lots of other adhesive electrodes that includes the same two ear clips



The clips in the link below hold on the tragus a lot better, but they are expensive on Amazon



I am using 100ms/25hz/15min tVNS TENS settings on both ears at the same time.  I tried 250ms/25hz/15min but it

did not seem as effective for me.


I do not see much tVNS effect on my blood pressure or pulse rate.  But tVNS has helped my tennis game!

I get up at 7am, do tVNS for 15min at 7:30am, and play tennis at 8:00am.  tVNS before play seems to improve my reaction time.

There is a paper that claims double blind tests show a 20% reaction time improvement, and I seem

to be experiencing something like that.  YMMV.  I did tVNS daily for a few weeks, but now I only do it before tennis

about 3-4 times per week.  My tennis buddies say they have noticed an improvement in my play.


I am not a video gamer, but I wonder if it could work there also by improving reaction time?


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#6 yowza

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 08:42 AM

I have doubts about any of these TENS units really stimulating the Vagus nerve very well through the ear area to really get the same results as that device linked to in the first post.


The placement of ear piece being in the right location of the ear seems to be one important variable that these tens units don't seem to employ all that well (for the most part just clipped to ear lobe from what I've seen).  Here's an illustration of some proper placements of earpiece:  https://www.research..._fig2_233929929 and there's another illustration can cross reference with here (this 2nd image contains some sham locations used for the study so not all are relevant) :   https://www.research...pain_modulation


Then a writeup on these locations that seem to be of most benefit I found here: https://www.psycholo...es-center-stage



Long story short, if you live in the UK this seems to be the best device to purchase with 1 geared towards migraine and the other for epilepsy:  https://cerbomed.com...hnologies-gmbh/


I unfortunately can't purchase one of these due to living in the States.  There's another company that's made a product called Parasym that helps with tinnitus I know someone would like as well but unfortunately that's not available in the States either.


Are those devices any of you purchased similar to the Nemos TvNS device?  The earclip placement I mentioned earlier is my first clue towards it being similar or not but there's probably other variables too but I'd really like to try something like this out.  Any further insight would be very much appreciated.

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