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Open ear hearing aids in tinnitus therapy: An efficacy comparison with sound generators.
Int J Audiol. 2011 Aug; 50(8):548-53.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) with sound generators or with open ear hearing aids in the rehabilitation of tinnitus for a group of subjects who, according to Jastreboff categories, can be treated with both approaches to sound therapy (borderline of Category 1 and 2).

DESIGN

This study was a prospective data collection with a parallel-group design which entailed that each subject was randomly assigned to one of the two treatments group: half of the subjects were fitted binaurally with sound generators, and the other half with open ear hearing aids. Both groups received the same educational counselling sessions.

STUDY SAMPLE

Ninety-one subjects passed the screening criteria and were enrolled into the study. Structured interviews, with a variety of measures evaluated through the use of visual-analog scales and the tinnitus handicap inventory self-administered questionnaire, were performed before the therapy and at 3, 6, and 12 months during the therapy.

RESULTS

Data showed a highly significant improvement in both tinnitus treatments starting from the first three months and up to one year of therapy, with a progressive and statistically significant decrease in the disability every three months.

CONCLUSIONS

TRT was equally effective with sound generator or open ear hearing aids: they gave basically identical, statistically indistinguishable results.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Ingegneria Biomedica, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Milan, Italy. marta.parazzini@polimi.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21595527

Citation

Parazzini, Marta, et al. "Open Ear Hearing Aids in Tinnitus Therapy: an Efficacy Comparison With Sound Generators." International Journal of Audiology, vol. 50, no. 8, 2011, pp. 548-53.
Parazzini M, Del Bo L, Jastreboff M, et al. Open ear hearing aids in tinnitus therapy: An efficacy comparison with sound generators. Int J Audiol. 2011;50(8):548-53.
Parazzini, M., Del Bo, L., Jastreboff, M., Tognola, G., & Ravazzani, P. (2011). Open ear hearing aids in tinnitus therapy: An efficacy comparison with sound generators. International Journal of Audiology, 50(8), 548-53. https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2011.572263
Parazzini M, et al. Open Ear Hearing Aids in Tinnitus Therapy: an Efficacy Comparison With Sound Generators. Int J Audiol. 2011;50(8):548-53. PubMed PMID: 21595527.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Open ear hearing aids in tinnitus therapy: An efficacy comparison with sound generators. AU - Parazzini,Marta, AU - Del Bo,Luca, AU - Jastreboff,Margaret, AU - Tognola,Gabriella, AU - Ravazzani,Paolo, Y1 - 2011/05/19/ PY - 2011/5/21/entrez PY - 2011/5/21/pubmed PY - 2011/11/16/medline SP - 548 EP - 53 JF - International journal of audiology JO - Int J Audiol VL - 50 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) with sound generators or with open ear hearing aids in the rehabilitation of tinnitus for a group of subjects who, according to Jastreboff categories, can be treated with both approaches to sound therapy (borderline of Category 1 and 2). DESIGN: This study was a prospective data collection with a parallel-group design which entailed that each subject was randomly assigned to one of the two treatments group: half of the subjects were fitted binaurally with sound generators, and the other half with open ear hearing aids. Both groups received the same educational counselling sessions. STUDY SAMPLE: Ninety-one subjects passed the screening criteria and were enrolled into the study. Structured interviews, with a variety of measures evaluated through the use of visual-analog scales and the tinnitus handicap inventory self-administered questionnaire, were performed before the therapy and at 3, 6, and 12 months during the therapy. RESULTS: Data showed a highly significant improvement in both tinnitus treatments starting from the first three months and up to one year of therapy, with a progressive and statistically significant decrease in the disability every three months. CONCLUSIONS: TRT was equally effective with sound generator or open ear hearing aids: they gave basically identical, statistically indistinguishable results. SN - 1708-8186 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21595527/Open_ear_hearing_aids_in_tinnitus_therapy:_An_efficacy_comparison_with_sound_generators_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/14992027.2011.572263 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -