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Tinnitus pitch, masking, and the effectiveness of hearing aids for tinnitus therapy.
Int J Audiol. 2012 Dec; 51(12):914-9.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess the benefits of hearing aids on tinnitus according to the tinnitus reaction questionnaire (TRQ; Wilson et al, 1991), to verify whether the degree of masking provided by the hearing aid influenced the TRQ score, to examine whether the matched tinnitus pitch predicted the effectiveness of hearing aids in masking tinnitus, and to determine whether prescription of high-frequency amplification might be desirable in tinnitus management when tinnitus pitch is high.

DESIGN AND STUDY SAMPLE

A retrospective evaluation of the clinical outcomes of 70 tinnitus patients fitted with hearing aids was undertaken. The primary outcome measure was the TRQ, with a secondary subjective measure of tinnitus masking.

RESULTS

Participants who achieved masking with their hearing aids had greater reduction in TRQ scores. Masking was more likely to be achieved when participants had good low-frequency hearing and tinnitus pitch fell into the frequency range of the hearing aids.

CONCLUSIONS

The results support the use of hearing aids for tinnitus management, and suggest that masking may be a significant contributor to hearing aid success, implying that high-frequency amplification may be effective in high-pitch tinnitus.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Audiology Department, Mcquarie University, Healthy Hearing and Balance Care, Sydney, Australia. celene@healthyhearing.com.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23126317

Citation

McNeill, Celene, et al. "Tinnitus Pitch, Masking, and the Effectiveness of Hearing Aids for Tinnitus Therapy." International Journal of Audiology, vol. 51, no. 12, 2012, pp. 914-9.
McNeill C, Távora-Vieira D, Alnafjan F, et al. Tinnitus pitch, masking, and the effectiveness of hearing aids for tinnitus therapy. Int J Audiol. 2012;51(12):914-9.
McNeill, C., Távora-Vieira, D., Alnafjan, F., Searchfield, G. D., & Welch, D. (2012). Tinnitus pitch, masking, and the effectiveness of hearing aids for tinnitus therapy. International Journal of Audiology, 51(12), 914-9. https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2012.721934
McNeill C, et al. Tinnitus Pitch, Masking, and the Effectiveness of Hearing Aids for Tinnitus Therapy. Int J Audiol. 2012;51(12):914-9. PubMed PMID: 23126317.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Tinnitus pitch, masking, and the effectiveness of hearing aids for tinnitus therapy. AU - McNeill,Celene, AU - Távora-Vieira,Dayse, AU - Alnafjan,Fadwa, AU - Searchfield,Grant D, AU - Welch,David, Y1 - 2012/11/05/ PY - 2012/11/7/entrez PY - 2012/11/7/pubmed PY - 2013/5/10/medline SP - 914 EP - 9 JF - International journal of audiology JO - Int J Audiol VL - 51 IS - 12 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess the benefits of hearing aids on tinnitus according to the tinnitus reaction questionnaire (TRQ; Wilson et al, 1991), to verify whether the degree of masking provided by the hearing aid influenced the TRQ score, to examine whether the matched tinnitus pitch predicted the effectiveness of hearing aids in masking tinnitus, and to determine whether prescription of high-frequency amplification might be desirable in tinnitus management when tinnitus pitch is high. DESIGN AND STUDY SAMPLE: A retrospective evaluation of the clinical outcomes of 70 tinnitus patients fitted with hearing aids was undertaken. The primary outcome measure was the TRQ, with a secondary subjective measure of tinnitus masking. RESULTS: Participants who achieved masking with their hearing aids had greater reduction in TRQ scores. Masking was more likely to be achieved when participants had good low-frequency hearing and tinnitus pitch fell into the frequency range of the hearing aids. CONCLUSIONS: The results support the use of hearing aids for tinnitus management, and suggest that masking may be a significant contributor to hearing aid success, implying that high-frequency amplification may be effective in high-pitch tinnitus. SN - 1708-8186 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23126317/Tinnitus_pitch_masking_and_the_effectiveness_of_hearing_aids_for_tinnitus_therapy_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/14992027.2012.721934 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -