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The Relevance of the High Frequency Audiometry in Tinnitus Patients with Normal Hearing in Conventional Pure-Tone Audiometry.
Biomed Res Int. 2015; 2015:302515.BR

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The majority of tinnitus patients suffer from hearing loss. But a subgroup of tinnitus patients show normal hearing thresholds in the conventional pure-tone audiometry (125 Hz-8 kHz). Here we explored whether the results of the high frequency audiometry (>8 kHz) provide relevant additional information in tinnitus patients with normal conventional audiometry by comparing those with normal and pathological high frequency audiometry with respect to their demographic and clinical characteristics.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS

From the database of the Tinnitus Clinic at Regensburg we identified 75 patients with normal hearing thresholds in the conventional pure-tone audiometry. We contrasted these patients with normal and pathological high-frequency audiogram and compared them with respect to gender, age, tinnitus severity, pitch, laterality and duration, comorbid symptoms and triggers for tinnitus onset.

RESULTS

Patients with pathological high frequency audiometry were significantly older and had higher scores on the tinnitus questionnaires in comparison to patients with normal high frequency audiometry. Furthermore, there was an association of high frequency audiometry with the laterality of tinnitus.

CONCLUSION

In tinnitus patients with normal pure-tone audiometry the high frequency audiometry provides useful additional information. The association between tinnitus laterality and asymmetry of the high frequency audiometry suggests a potential causal role for the high frequency hearing loss in tinnitus etiopathogenesis.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany ; Clinic Lech-Mangfall, 83734 Agatharied, Germany.Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany ; Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Zurich, 8091 Zürich, Switzerland.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26583098

Citation

Vielsmeier, Veronika, et al. "The Relevance of the High Frequency Audiometry in Tinnitus Patients With Normal Hearing in Conventional Pure-Tone Audiometry." BioMed Research International, vol. 2015, 2015, p. 302515.
Vielsmeier V, Lehner A, Strutz J, et al. The Relevance of the High Frequency Audiometry in Tinnitus Patients with Normal Hearing in Conventional Pure-Tone Audiometry. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:302515.
Vielsmeier, V., Lehner, A., Strutz, J., Steffens, T., Kreuzer, P. M., Schecklmann, M., Landgrebe, M., Langguth, B., & Kleinjung, T. (2015). The Relevance of the High Frequency Audiometry in Tinnitus Patients with Normal Hearing in Conventional Pure-Tone Audiometry. BioMed Research International, 2015, 302515. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/302515
Vielsmeier V, et al. The Relevance of the High Frequency Audiometry in Tinnitus Patients With Normal Hearing in Conventional Pure-Tone Audiometry. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:302515. PubMed PMID: 26583098.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Relevance of the High Frequency Audiometry in Tinnitus Patients with Normal Hearing in Conventional Pure-Tone Audiometry. AU - Vielsmeier,Veronika, AU - Lehner,Astrid, AU - Strutz,Jürgen, AU - Steffens,Thomas, AU - Kreuzer,Peter M, AU - Schecklmann,Martin, AU - Landgrebe,Michael, AU - Langguth,Berthold, AU - Kleinjung,Tobias, Y1 - 2015/10/25/ PY - 2014/11/03/received PY - 2015/01/08/accepted PY - 2015/11/20/entrez PY - 2015/11/20/pubmed PY - 2016/9/1/medline SP - 302515 EP - 302515 JF - BioMed research international JO - Biomed Res Int VL - 2015 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The majority of tinnitus patients suffer from hearing loss. But a subgroup of tinnitus patients show normal hearing thresholds in the conventional pure-tone audiometry (125 Hz-8 kHz). Here we explored whether the results of the high frequency audiometry (>8 kHz) provide relevant additional information in tinnitus patients with normal conventional audiometry by comparing those with normal and pathological high frequency audiometry with respect to their demographic and clinical characteristics. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From the database of the Tinnitus Clinic at Regensburg we identified 75 patients with normal hearing thresholds in the conventional pure-tone audiometry. We contrasted these patients with normal and pathological high-frequency audiogram and compared them with respect to gender, age, tinnitus severity, pitch, laterality and duration, comorbid symptoms and triggers for tinnitus onset. RESULTS: Patients with pathological high frequency audiometry were significantly older and had higher scores on the tinnitus questionnaires in comparison to patients with normal high frequency audiometry. Furthermore, there was an association of high frequency audiometry with the laterality of tinnitus. CONCLUSION: In tinnitus patients with normal pure-tone audiometry the high frequency audiometry provides useful additional information. The association between tinnitus laterality and asymmetry of the high frequency audiometry suggests a potential causal role for the high frequency hearing loss in tinnitus etiopathogenesis. SN - 2314-6141 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26583098/The_Relevance_of_the_High_Frequency_Audiometry_in_Tinnitus_Patients_with_Normal_Hearing_in_Conventional_Pure_Tone_Audiometry_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/302515 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -