Title:
Tinnitus sound therapy with open ear canal hearing aids
Authors:
S. Forti , A. Crocetti , A. Scotti , S. Costanzo , L. Pignataro , U. Ambrosetti , L. Del Bo
Institutions:
Audiology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy; Fondazione Ascolta e Vivi, Milan, Italy; ENT Department, San Paol5 Hospital, Milan, Italy; ENT Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca Grande Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy; Department of Scienze Chirurgiche Specialistiche, Faculty of Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
Keywords:
Tinnitus; open ear canal hearing aids; hearing aids; instrumentation; tinnitus retraining therapy
Pages:
195 - 199
Abstract:
Tinnitus sound therapy with open ear canal hearing aids. Objective: The aims of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of open ear canal hearing aids in tinnitus treatment and to investigate the influence of gender, age, medica- tion usage, tinnitus cause, tinnitus perception side, tinnitus pitch, pure tone audiometry, distortion product otoacoustic emissions, and minimal masking level on outcome. Methodology: One hundred tinnitus patients were evaluated by the tinnitus handicap inventory (THI) at the beginning of the study and after nine months of treatment.All subjects were submitted to counselling and sound enrichment from the simple sound amplification provided by the open ear canal hearing aids. Results: Initial mean THI score was 54.22 (± 20.37) and final mean score was 28.32 (± 16.50), p <0.0001. No statisti- cally significant correlations were found between THI value reduction and the studied parameters. Conclusion: Open ear canal hearing aids were useful in all tinnitus patients with mild hearing loss
Issue:
Vol. 6, 2010, 3rd trimester


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