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Long-term effectiveness of ear-level devices for tinnitus.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Jan; 134(1):132-137.OH

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This study was undertaken to assess long-term changes in tinnitus severity exhibited by patients who purchased and used ear-level devices (hearing aids or sound generators).

STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING

Patients were evaluated and treated within a comprehensive tinnitus management program. Follow-up questionnaires were mailed to patients 6 to 48 months after their initial appointment.

RESULTS

Follow-up questionnaires from 150 patients were reviewed. Fifty patients purchased and used hearing aids, 50 patients purchased and used in-the-ear sound generators for an average of 18 months after their initial appointment; 50 patients did not use ear-level devices. At follow-up, all 3 groups of patients exhibited significant reductions in Tinnitus Severity Index scores and self-rated tinnitus loudness. Patients who used ear-level devices reported greater improvement than patients who did not use hearing aids or sound generators.

CONCLUSIONS

Ear-level devices such as hearing aids or sound generators can help a significant number of patients who experience chronic tinnitus. Both types of devices reduce patients' perception of tinnitus and can facilitate habituation to the symptom. Amplification provides additional benefits of improved hearing and communication.

Authors+Show Affiliations

OHSU Tinnitus Clinic, Oregon Hearing Research Center, Department of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239, USA. folmerr@ohsu.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16399193

Citation

Folmer, Robert L., and Jennifer R. Carroll. "Long-term Effectiveness of Ear-level Devices for Tinnitus." Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 134, no. 1, 2006, pp. 132-137.
Folmer RL, Carroll JR. Long-term effectiveness of ear-level devices for tinnitus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;134(1):132-137.
Folmer, R. L., & Carroll, J. R. (2006). Long-term effectiveness of ear-level devices for tinnitus. Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 134(1), 132-137.
Folmer RL, Carroll JR. Long-term Effectiveness of Ear-level Devices for Tinnitus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;134(1):132-137. PubMed PMID: 16399193.
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