Other Brain Stimulators

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS therapy, is a type of magnetic therapy commonly used for depression. TMS works by applying magnetic pulses to the brain through a ‘coil’. The electric current runs through the coil and generates a magnetic field, which in turn induces an electrical current in the brain to stimulate cortical layers and trigger action potentials in neurons. Several pulses of TMS in a row is called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) The use of TMS is also being explored in stroke rehabilitation, migraine, pain management, and auditory hallucination.

Devices

Soterix Medical MEGA TMS

Cost: $Must request a quote

  • Low electromagnetic interference
  • Specifically available for researchers and medical doctors
  • Highest maximum voltage rating capacitor in the industry
  • Can be used for a wide range of assessments
  • Integrated with EMG and EEG equipment

Ease of use: 3.5/5
Cost: Unknown
Promised delivery time: Unknown
Attached accessories: 4/5
End result: 5/5

 

Express TMS by Magventure

Cost: $Less than 1.5 per treatment session

  • Full treatment device for clinical setting – chair, wheeled equipment…etc.
  • Efficiency that increases cost-effectiveness
  • Improved cognitive clarity result
  • Quick liquid coil cooling for continuous treatments
  • Involved in the world’s largest randomized controlled trial
  • More effective than antidepressant medication

Ease of use: 4/5
Cost: 5/5
Promised delivery time: Unknown
Attached accessories: 5/5
End result: 5/5

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation devices (CES devices) are small devices that stimulate the brain and cranium that are not sensed by the consumer unlike most other brain stimulation methods. The neuromodulatory technique used by CES is transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). It is similar to tDCS but instead of applying a direct electrical current, it oscillates a current at a chosen frequency to interact with the brain’s cortical oscillations. CES is recognized by the FDA as a Class III device to treat anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. It is also said to have positive effects for PTSD, ADHD, and OCD. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation side effects are uncommon and of very low severity. 

Devices

Fisher Wallace CES Device

Cost: $599

  • FDA cleared and requires a prescription in the USA
  • Immediate results for depression and mood
  • Seamless and simple

Ease of use: 4.5/5
Cost: 2.5/5
Promised delivery time: 5/5
Attached accessories: 4/5
End result: 4/5

 

DAVID ALERT Pro

Cost: $575

  • Ideal for ADD/ADHD
  • 20 audio-visual stimulation sessions
  • Helps in anxiety, memory, sleep, and energy

Ease of use: 4/5
Cost: 2.5/5
Promised delivery time: 5/5
Attached accessories: 3.5/5
End result: 4/5

 

CES Ultra

Cost: $379

  • Wealth of accessories in the kit
  • Specifically for stress and stress-related disorders
  • FDA cleared
  • Relief from depression, insomnia, and anxiety

Ease of use: 3.5/5
Cost: 3.5/5
Promised delivery time: 5/5
Attached accessories: 4/5
End result: 4/5

Neurofeedback/EEG

Neurofeedback therapy is a way to train brain activity by measuring brainwaves. It was previously called EEG biofeedback as brainwaves are measured by an EEG device or a portable EEG machine to identify brain wave patterns that are recorded. EEG tests or EEG scans for neurofeedback are commonly used as an intervention for ADHD as it is a non-invasive way to distinguish subtypes of ADHD and to diagnose symptoms to better treat the disorder.

Devices

Muse: the brain sensing headband

Cost: $149

  • Promotes focused attention meditation
  • Milestones and rewards feature for motivation
  • Real-time feedback on what is happening in your brain when you meditate
  • Relief from depression, insomnia, and anxiety

Ease of use: 5/5
Cost: 5/5
Promised delivery time: 5/5
Attached accessories: 4/5
End result: 5/5

 

MindWave Mobile 2 EEG headset

Cost: $99.99

  • 100+ applications for Mindwave on the app store
  • Combines wellness, games, and education
  • Measures the EEG power spectrums
  • Increased learning efficiency
  • Several kits to choose from

Ease of use: 4.5/5
Cost: 5/5
Promised delivery time: 5/5
Attached accessories: 5/5
End result: 4/5

 

EMOTIV Insight 5 Channel Mobile EEG

Cost: $299

  • Heavily-backed with field research
  • Motion sensors included
  • High EEG sensors and signals
  • Detections of mental commands, performance metrics, and facial expressions

Ease of use: 4.5/5
Cost: 3.5/5
Promised delivery time: 3.5/5
Attached accessories: 4.5/5
End result: 4/5