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Prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus relief.
Int J Audiol. 2013 Sep; 52(9):617-25.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Tinnitus is a perceived sound that cannot be attributed to an external source. This study attempts to identify a prescription of amplification that is optimized as a first-fit setting for tinnitus relief.

DESIGN

Participants compared the effect of high frequency amplification on their tinnitus. Stimuli were 13 speech files with different amounts of high frequency amplification (three cut-off frequencies and four gain settings) to simulate the effects of a change in DSL(I/O) v5.0 prescription in the high frequencies.

STUDY SAMPLE

Twenty-five participants with chronic tinnitus participated in the study.

RESULTS

A 6-dB reduction to prescribed gain at 2 kHz emerged as the most preferred output (26.47% participants) to interfere with participants' tinnitus. Overall, 70.58% of the participants' preferred a 3 to 6 dB reduction in output while 29.42% preferred a similar increase across all cut-off frequencies. A trend was observed in which the higher the tinnitus pitch the more similar the preferred output to DSL(I/O) v5.0.

CONCLUSION

DSL(I/O) v5.0 appears to be a good starting point for prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus management. Long-term benefits of different prescriptions for tinnitus still need to be ascertained.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Section of Audiology, University of Auckland, New Zealand.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23859059

Citation

Shekhawat, Giriraj Singh, et al. "Prescription of Hearing-aid Output for Tinnitus Relief." International Journal of Audiology, vol. 52, no. 9, 2013, pp. 617-25.
Shekhawat GS, Searchfield GD, Kobayashi K, et al. Prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus relief. Int J Audiol. 2013;52(9):617-25.
Shekhawat, G. S., Searchfield, G. D., Kobayashi, K., & Stinear, C. M. (2013). Prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus relief. International Journal of Audiology, 52(9), 617-25. https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2013.799787
Shekhawat GS, et al. Prescription of Hearing-aid Output for Tinnitus Relief. Int J Audiol. 2013;52(9):617-25. PubMed PMID: 23859059.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus relief. AU - Shekhawat,Giriraj Singh, AU - Searchfield,Grant D, AU - Kobayashi,Kei, AU - Stinear,Cathy M, Y1 - 2013/07/17/ PY - 2013/7/18/entrez PY - 2013/7/19/pubmed PY - 2014/3/19/medline SP - 617 EP - 25 JF - International journal of audiology JO - Int J Audiol VL - 52 IS - 9 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Tinnitus is a perceived sound that cannot be attributed to an external source. This study attempts to identify a prescription of amplification that is optimized as a first-fit setting for tinnitus relief. DESIGN: Participants compared the effect of high frequency amplification on their tinnitus. Stimuli were 13 speech files with different amounts of high frequency amplification (three cut-off frequencies and four gain settings) to simulate the effects of a change in DSL(I/O) v5.0 prescription in the high frequencies. STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty-five participants with chronic tinnitus participated in the study. RESULTS: A 6-dB reduction to prescribed gain at 2 kHz emerged as the most preferred output (26.47% participants) to interfere with participants' tinnitus. Overall, 70.58% of the participants' preferred a 3 to 6 dB reduction in output while 29.42% preferred a similar increase across all cut-off frequencies. A trend was observed in which the higher the tinnitus pitch the more similar the preferred output to DSL(I/O) v5.0. CONCLUSION: DSL(I/O) v5.0 appears to be a good starting point for prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus management. Long-term benefits of different prescriptions for tinnitus still need to be ascertained. SN - 1708-8186 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23859059/Prescription_of_hearing_aid_output_for_tinnitus_relief_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/14992027.2013.799787 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -