Tinnitus perception and the effects of a self-programmable hearing aid on hearing fluctuation due to Meniere's disease

Celene McNeill, Alan Taylor

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Abstract

Fifty patients with Ménière’s disease rated their subjective perception of tinnitus loudness just before measuring their own hearing thresholds 3 times a day for a period of 8 weeks. Tinnitus loudness was recorded using a subjective scale 1-5. Hearing thresholds were recorded in dBHL as tested in-situ at 14 frequency bands using a portable programmer connected to custom fitted hearing aids. This equipment allowed the hearing aids to be automatically programmed to the given hearing loss at the end of each self-hearing testing. Patients were given the option to continue wearing the hearing aids and portable programmer to adjust for hearing fluctuation. Data analysis showed no correlation between changes in tinnitus loudness perception and hearing fluctuation. Usage of self-programmable hearing aids caused a positive impact on tinnitus perception in this group: 20% reported not hearing their tinnitus while wearing their aids, 69% perceived their tinnitus softer and 11% did not notice any changes. Importantly, none of the patients in this group noticed an increase in tinnitus loudness while wearing optimally fitted hearing aids.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-135
Number of pages10
JournalThe New Zealand medical journal
Volume123
Issue number1311
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event‘Tinnitus Discovery’: Asia-Pacific Tinnitus Symposium - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 11 Sep 200912 Sep 2009

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