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Cochrane corner: Sound therapy (using amplification devices and/or sound generators) for tinnitus

Brennan-Jones, Christopher G.; Thomas, Ann; Hoare, Derek J.; Sereda, Magdalena

Authors

Christopher G. Brennan-Jones

Ann Thomas

Derek J. Hoare

Magdalena Sereda



Abstract

This Cochrane Corner features “Sound therapy (using amplification devices or sound generators) for tinnitus” published in 2018. Sereda et al. identified eight clinical trials including 590 participants receiving sound therapy for tinnitus. None of the included studies addressed three main comparisons of the review (comparing hearing aids, sound generators and combination devices with a waiting list control group, placebo or education/information only). One study compared patients fitted with sound generators versus those fitted with hearing aids and found no difference between them in their effects on tinnitus symptom severity. The use of both types of device was associated with a clinically significant reduction in tinnitus symptom severity. Three studies compared hearing aids with a sound generator to hearing aids alone and measured tinnitus symptom severity. The use of both types of device was again associated with a clinically significant reduction in tinnitus symptom severity. This Cochrane review shows that both hearing aids and sound generators may be beneficial for reducing tinnitus severity in some patients, but that there is insufficient evidence at this stage to recommend one device over another, or whether these devices offer any improvement over a placebo treatment.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 30, 2019
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-5
APA6 Citation Brennan-Jones, C. G., Thomas, A., Hoare, D. J., & Sereda, M. (2019). Cochrane corner: Sound therapy (using amplification devices and/or sound generators) for tinnitus. International Journal of Audiology, 1-5. doi:10.1080/14992027.2019.1643503
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2019.1643503
Keywords Speech and Hearing; Linguistics and Language; Language and Linguistics
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2019.1643503
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....ope&journalCode=iija20; Received: 2019-04-04; Revised: 2019-07-03; Accepted: 2019-07-09; Published: 2019-07-30
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