An investigator initiated pilot study of transcutaneous auricular vagal nerve stimulation (taVNS) in mild to moderate Parkinson's disease (PD).
We will assess whether nerve stimulation done on the surface of the skin, (called transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS)) is safe and effective in people with Parkinson's Disease (PD). A small electrical stimulator will be used to deliver electric pulses to a small portion of the left ear of the study participants. Participants will be assigned by chance to either 2 weeks of treatment with real taVNS, or a sham stimulation. The investigator will rate PD motor and cognitive symptoms before, during, and after the 2-week cycle. The investigators will also perform a number of blood and eye movement tests to check for the effectiveness of the stimulation, and perform regular safety checks.