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Effectiveness of the combined hearing and masking devices on the severity and perception of tinnitus: a randomized, controlled, double-blind study.
ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2013; 75(4):211-20.OJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of combined hearing and tinnitus masking devices that are appropriately programmed for acoustic stimulations using wide-band noise over the specific frequency range of tinnitus.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

A total of 21 patients were randomly divided into 2 groups. Group I (12 patients) was managed with betahistine dihydrochloride (2HCl) and fitted either with a combined hearing aid or a sound generator, and group II (9 patients) was treated with betahistine 2HCl for 3 months. Audiological tests, pitch matching to determine the frequency of tinnitus, an assessment of tinnitus severity, and subjective scores (visual analog scale, VAS; Mini-Tinnitus Questionnaire) were used to assess the patients in both groups, and a loudness scale was also analyzed in group I. The results were evaluated in a double-blinded manner.

RESULTS

Significant decreases in the severity of tinnitus, Mini-Tinnitus Questionnaire score and VAS were observed in both groups. No significant differences were obtained in pitch-matched frequency of tinnitus in the two groups.

CONCLUSION

The findings obtained using either the combined devices or the masking devices with wide-band masking demonstrate that these devices are an effective tinnitus treatment alternative.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of ENT Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23899886

Citation

Oz, Isilay, et al. "Effectiveness of the Combined Hearing and Masking Devices On the Severity and Perception of Tinnitus: a Randomized, Controlled, Double-blind Study." ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and Its Related Specialties, vol. 75, no. 4, 2013, pp. 211-20.
Oz I, Arslan F, Hizal E, et al. Effectiveness of the combined hearing and masking devices on the severity and perception of tinnitus: a randomized, controlled, double-blind study. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2013;75(4):211-20.
Oz, I., Arslan, F., Hizal, E., Erbek, S. H., Eryaman, E., Senkal, O. A., Ogurlu, T., Kizildag, A. E., & Ozluoglu, L. N. (2013). Effectiveness of the combined hearing and masking devices on the severity and perception of tinnitus: a randomized, controlled, double-blind study. ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and Its Related Specialties, 75(4), 211-20. https://doi.org/10.1159/000349979
Oz I, et al. Effectiveness of the Combined Hearing and Masking Devices On the Severity and Perception of Tinnitus: a Randomized, Controlled, Double-blind Study. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2013;75(4):211-20. PubMed PMID: 23899886.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effectiveness of the combined hearing and masking devices on the severity and perception of tinnitus: a randomized, controlled, double-blind study. AU - Oz,Isilay, AU - Arslan,Fatih, AU - Hizal,Evren, AU - Erbek,Seyra H, AU - Eryaman,Esra, AU - Senkal,Ozgul A, AU - Ogurlu,Terkan, AU - Kizildag,Alp Ertunga, AU - Ozluoglu,Levent N, Y1 - 2013/07/26/ PY - 2012/08/24/received PY - 2013/01/30/accepted PY - 2013/8/1/entrez PY - 2013/8/1/pubmed PY - 2014/4/16/medline SP - 211 EP - 20 JF - ORL; journal for oto-rhino-laryngology and its related specialties JO - ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec VL - 75 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of combined hearing and tinnitus masking devices that are appropriately programmed for acoustic stimulations using wide-band noise over the specific frequency range of tinnitus. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 21 patients were randomly divided into 2 groups. Group I (12 patients) was managed with betahistine dihydrochloride (2HCl) and fitted either with a combined hearing aid or a sound generator, and group II (9 patients) was treated with betahistine 2HCl for 3 months. Audiological tests, pitch matching to determine the frequency of tinnitus, an assessment of tinnitus severity, and subjective scores (visual analog scale, VAS; Mini-Tinnitus Questionnaire) were used to assess the patients in both groups, and a loudness scale was also analyzed in group I. The results were evaluated in a double-blinded manner. RESULTS: Significant decreases in the severity of tinnitus, Mini-Tinnitus Questionnaire score and VAS were observed in both groups. No significant differences were obtained in pitch-matched frequency of tinnitus in the two groups. CONCLUSION: The findings obtained using either the combined devices or the masking devices with wide-band masking demonstrate that these devices are an effective tinnitus treatment alternative. SN - 1423-0275 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23899886/Effectiveness_of_the_combined_hearing_and_masking_devices_on_the_severity_and_perception_of_tinnitus:_a_randomized_controlled_double_blind_study_ L2 - https://www.karger.com?DOI=10.1159/000349979 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -