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Short-term outcomes of cochlear implantation for single-sided deafness compared to bone conduction devices and contralateral routing of sound hearing aids—Results of a Randomised controlled trial (CINGLE-trial)

by Jeroen P. M. Peters, Jan A. A. van Heteren, Anne W. Wendrich, Gijsbert A. van Zanten, Wilko Grolman, Robert J. Stokroos, Adriana L. Smit
Single-sided deafness (SSD) leads to difficulties with speech perception in noise, sound localisation, and sometimes tinnitus. Current treatments (Contralateral Routing of Sound hearing aids (CROS) and Bone Conduction Devices (BCD)) do not sufficiently overcome these problems. Cochlear implants (CIs) may help. Our aim was to evaluate these treatments in a ...

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Published: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:00 UTC

The effect of caffeine on tinnitus: Randomized triple-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial

by Alleluia Lima Losno Ledesma, Daniele Leite Rodrigues, Isabella Monteiro de Castro Silva, Carlos Augusto Oliveira, Fayez Bahmad Jr
Objective To test the hypothesis that caffeine can influence tinnitus, we recruited 80 patients with chronic tinnitus and randomly allocated them into two groups (caffeine and placebo) to analyze the self-perception of tinnitus symptoms after caffeine consumption, assuming that this is an adequate sample for generalization.
Methods The participants were ...

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Published: Mon, 20 Sep 2021 16:00 UTC

The role of vitamin D in subjective tinnitus—A case-control study

by Magdalena Nowaczewska, Stanislaw Osinski, Maria Marzec, Michal Wicinski, Katarzyna Bilicka, Wojciech Kazmierczak
Regarding the high prevalence of vitamin D (25(OH)D) deficiency in the population and its possible association with ear diseases, we aimed to investigate the 25(OH)Dserum level in patients with subjective, nonpulsating tinnitus and its effect on tinnitus severity. The study included 201 tinnitus patients and 99 controls. Patient clinical information, including tinnitus ...

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Published: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 16:00 UTC

Post-earthquake dizziness syndrome following the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, Japan

by Toru Miwa, Hidetake Matsuyoshi, Yasuyuki Nomura, Ryosei Minoda
This study aimed to examine the types and causes of dizziness experienced by individuals after a major earthquake. This cross-sectional study enrolled healthy participants who experienced the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes and their aftershocks. Participants completed a questionnaire survey on their symptoms and experiences after the earthquakes. The primary outcome was the occurrence of dizziness and the secondary outcome was the ...

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Published: Thu, 05 Aug 2021 16:00 UTC

REM-related obstructive sleep apnea and vertigo: A retrospective case-control study

by Po-Yueh Chen, Tzu-Ying Chen, Pin-Zhir Chao, Wen-Te Liu, Chyi-Huey Bai, Sheng-Teng Tsao, Yi-Chih Lin
Background In recent population-based case-control studies, sleep apnea was significantly associated with a higher incidence (hazard ratio, 1.71) of vertigo and the risk of tinnitus was found to increase 1.36 times in patients with sleep apnea. The possibility that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) might affect neurotological consequences was not noticed, until studies using polysomnography (PSG) for ...

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Published: Fri, 11 Jun 2021 16:00 UTC

Content validity of the tinnitus outcome questionnaire for sound management

by Hye Yoon Seol, Ga-Young Kim, Mini Jo, Soojin Kang, Young Sang Cho, Sung Hwa Hong, Il Joon Moon
Standardized instruments are often used to monitor one’s progress in tinnitus relief although they were developed to screen and diagnose tinnitus. The need for the development for a tinnitus outcome assessment tool is high in the field of audiology and otolaryngology. The purpose of this study was to develop a tinnitus outcome questionnaire for sound management (listening to sound stimuli for tinnitus ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Thu, 06 May 2021 16:00 UTC

Two birds with one stone.–Addressing depressive symptoms, emotional tension and worry improves tinnitus-related distress and affective pain perceptions in patients with chronic tinnitus

by Benjamin Boecking, Matthias Rose, Petra Brueggemann, Birgit Mazurek
Background Psychological factors link the co-occurrence of tinnitus-related distress and pain perceptions in patients with chronic tinnitus.
Objective This study examines, if treatment-related changes in these factors ameliorate both tinnitus-related distress and pain perceptions in a sample of patients with chronic tinnitus.
Methods N = 1238 patients with chronic tinnitus provided pre- and post-treatment ratings of ...

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Published: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:00 UTC

Tinnitus treatment by vagus nerve stimulation: A systematic review

by I. Stegeman, H. M. Velde, P. A. J. T. Robe, R. J. Stokroos, A. L. Smit
Background Tinnitus is a phantom sensation of sound, which can have a negative impact on quality of life of those affected. No curative treatments are currently known. Neuromodulation by vagus nerve stimulation has emerged as a new treatment option for tinnitus, though till date the effectiveness remains unclear. Therefore, we aim to review the effect of vagus nerve stimulation on tinnitus distress and tinnitus symptom ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:00 UTC

Tinnitus and associations with chronic pain: The population-based Tromsø Study (2015–2016)

by Jannike H-L Ausland, Bo Engdahl, Bente Oftedal, Ólöf A. Steingrímsdóttir, Christopher S. Nielsen, Laila A. Hopstock, Magnar Johnsen, Oddgeir Friborg, Jan H. Rosenvinge, Anne E. Eggen, Norun H. Krog
Tinnitus and pain have many similarities. Both are subjective sensations that may turn chronic, they are often accompanied by hypersensitivity in their respective sensory system, and overlapping brain changes have been observed. Since no population study has examined the empirical association between ...

Source: PLOSOne
Published: Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:00 UTC

COVID-19 associated anxiety enhances tinnitus

by Li Xia, Gang He, Yong Feng, Xiaoxu Yu, Xiaolong Zhao, Shankai Yin, Zhengnong Chen, Jian Wang, Jiangang Fan, Chuan Dong
To investigate if the anxiety associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a promoting factor to tinnitus. A retrospective research design collected from 188 tinnitus patients, was used to compare the clinical characteristics of tinnitus between the patients in 2020 under pandemic pressure and those from the matching period in 2019. While anxiety was quantified using ...

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Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 15:00 UTC