Comparison of tinnitus and psychological aspects between the younger and older adult patients

Park, S.Y. et al. (2017) Auris Nasus Larynx. 44(2) pp. 147–151

Objective: To explore the differences in various tinnitus-related features and psychological aspects between the younger and older adult patients with tinnitus.

Conclusion: The older patients seemed to be more receptive to tinnitus. The majority of older tinnitus patients had concomitant hearing loss, and thus hearing rehabilitation should be considered preferentially for tinnitus management in this age group. Subjective tinnitus severity, depressive symptoms, and the stress levels were similar between the younger and older tinnitus patients. Therefore, treatment could be planned based upon the comprehensive understanding of the tinnitus characteristics and psychological aspects in each patient irrespective of age.

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Mindfulness meditation versus relaxation therapy in the management of tinnitus.

Arif, M. et al. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology | Published online: 30 March 2017

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Psychotherapeutic interventions have been adopted effectively in the management of tinnitus for a long time. This study compared mindfulness meditation and relaxation therapy for management of tinnitus.

This study suggests that although both mindfulness meditation and relaxation therapy are effective in the management of tinnitus, mindfulness meditation is superior to relaxation therapy.

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Pre- and post-operative dizziness, tinnitus, and taste disturbances among cochlear implant recipients.

Mikkelsen, K.S. et al. (2017) The Journal of Laryngology & Otology. 131(4) pp. 309-315.

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To determine the pre- and post-operative prevalence of dizziness, tinnitus and taste disturbances in adult cochlear implant recipients.

The high prevalence of dizziness, tinnitus and taste disturbances reported by cochlear implant recipients necessitates that assessment of symptoms related to inner ear and chorda tympani damage are included when evaluating operative results.

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Influence of well-known risk factors for hearing loss in a longitudinal twin study

Johnson, A-C. et al. (2017) International Journal of Audiology. 56(supp 1) pp.63-73

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Objective: The aim was to investigate the influence of environmental exposures on hearing loss in a twin cohort.

Conclusions: Pre-existing hearing loss can increase the risk of hearing impairment due to occupational noise exposure. An increased risk for NIHL was also seen in the group with exposures below 85 dB(A), a result that indicates awareness of NIHL should be raised even for those working in environments where sound levels are below 85 dB(A).

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Epidemiology and risk factors for tinnitus after leisure noise exposure

Deegeest, S. et al.  (2017) International Journal of Audiology . 56(2) pp. 121-129

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Objective: Young people regularly expose themselves to leisure noise and are at risk of acquiring tinnitus. This study examined the prevalence of leisure noise-induced tinnitus among Flemish young adults as well as the relation with sociodemographic factors, health-related variables and attitudes and beliefs towards noise.

Conclusions: Tinnitus is observed frequently in young adults. Results also indicate that persons with chronic tinnitus were exposed to a higher noise dose during their lives. Longitudinal studies may be useful to evaluate whether the experience of chronic tinnitus has led to behavioural changes. These findings further underpin the importance of educating youth about the risks of leisure noise exposure.

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Tinnitus Toolkit Aims to Help Patients, Clinicians.

(2016) ASHA Leader. 21(12) pp. 11-11

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New tinnitus management tools from the Ida Institute—two for hearing care professionals and one for consumers—aim to help clinicians and patients handle the challenge of tinnitus. The Tinnitus Thermometer and the Tinnitus Communication Guide are designed to help clinicians build their counseling skills and apply a holistic approach to care of patients with tinnitus.

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