Philip A. Gomersall
A cross-sectional questionnaire study of tinnitus awareness and impact in a population of adult cochlear implant users
Gomersall, Philip A.; Baguley, David; Carlyon, Robert P.
Professor of Hearing Sciences DAVID BAGULEY DAVID.BAGULEY@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor in Hearing Sciences
Robert P. Carlyon
Objectives: The primary aim was to identify the proportion of individuals within the adult cochlear implant population who are aware of tinnitus and those who report a negative impact from this perception, using a bespoke questionnaire designed to limit bias. A secondary aim was to use qualitative analysis of open-text responses to identify themes linked to tinnitus perception in this population.
Design: A cross-sectional questionnaire study of a large clinical population who received an implant from Cambridge University Hospitals, United Kingdom.
Results: Seventy-five percent of respondents reported tinnitus awareness. When impact scores for six areas of difficulty were ranked, 13% of individuals ranked tinnitus their primary concern and nearly a third ranked tinnitus in the top two positions. Tinnitus impact was not found to reduce with duration since implantation. The most common open-text responses were linked to a general improvement postimplantation and acute tinnitus alleviation specific to times when the device was in use.
Conclusions: Tinnitus is a problem for a significant proportion of individuals with a cochlear implant. Clinicians, scientists, and cochlear implant manufacturers should be aware that management of tinnitus may be a greater priority for an implantee than difficulties linked to speech perception. Where a positive effect of implantation was reported, there was greater evidence for masking of tinnitus via the implant rather than reversal of maladaptive plasticity.
Gomersall, P. A., Baguley, D., & Carlyon, R. P. (2019). A cross-sectional questionnaire study of tinnitus awareness and impact in a population of adult cochlear implant users. Ear and Hearing, 40(1), 135-142. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000000601
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Mar 28, 2018|
|Online Publication Date||Jun 21, 2018|
|Publication Date||Jan 30, 2019|
|Deposit Date||Apr 4, 2018|
|Publicly Available Date||Jun 21, 2018|
|Journal||Ear and Hearing|
|Publisher||Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0|
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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