Profiling intermittent tinnitus

a retrospective review

Elouise A. Koops, Fatima T Husain, Pim van Dijk

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Objective: We conducted a retrospective review of medical records of tinnitus patients at a tertiary ENT clinic in Groningen, Netherlands. Our goal was to identify factors that differentiated the intermittent subgroup from the larger continuous group with chronic tinnitus. Design: Tinnitus-related factors such as hearing loss, emotional aspects, and demographics were used to advance our understanding of the subgroups. We analysed the data using descriptive statistics and binomial logistic regression, supplemented by random forests classification. Study sample: Patients presenting with tinnitus visiting the tinnitus clinic. We examined 1575 medical intake records obtained at a tertiary ENT hospital. Results: Duration, total Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and THI Functional subscale scores differed significantly between the two groups. Increasing age and higher THI Emotional subscale scores were associated with an increased likelihood of intermittent tinnitus. Increases in duration, depressive scores and THI Functional and Catastrophic subscale scores, decreased the likelihood of intermittent tinnitus. Conclusions: Results from this study dissociate the factors affecting those with intermittent and those with continuous tinnitus and point to potentially different mechanisms underlying the two conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Tinnitus
Handicap
descriptive statistics
Equipment and Supplies
Netherlands
Group
logistics
regression
Medical Records
Profiling
Hearing Loss
Tertiary Care Centers
Emotion
Clinic
Logistic Models
Demography

Keywords

  • Intermittent
  • prevalence
  • psychoacoustics
  • questionnaires
  • regression
  • tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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Profiling intermittent tinnitus : a retrospective review. / Koops, Elouise A.; Husain, Fatima T; van Dijk, Pim.

In: International Journal of Audiology, 01.01.2019.

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