Objective: Determine if somatic tinnitus patients with hyperacusis have different characteristics from those without hyperacusis. Patients and methods: 172 somatic tinnitus patients with (n = 82) and without (n = 90) hyperacusis referred to the Tinnitus Unit of Sapienza University of Rome between June 2012 and June 2016 were compared for demographic characteristics, tinnitus features, self-administered questionnaire scores, nature of somatic modulation and history. Results: Compared to those without hyperacusis, patients with somatic tinnitus and hyperacusis: (a) were older (43.38 vs 39.12 years, p = 0.05), (b) were more likely to have bilateral tinnitus (67.08% vs 55.56%, p = 0.04), (c) had a higher prevalence of somatic modulation of tinnitus (53.65% vs 36.66%, p = 0.02) and (d) scored significantly worse on tinnitus annoyance (39.34 vs 22.81, p<0.001) and subjective hearing level (8.04 vs 1.83, p<0.001). Conclusion: Our study shows significantly higher tinnitus modulation and worse self-rating of tinnitus and hearing ability in somatic tinnitus patients with hyperacusis versus somatic tinnitus patients without hyperacusis. These differences could prove useful in developing a better understanding of the pathophysiology and establishing a course of treatment for these two groups of patients.

Characteristics of somatic tinnitus patients with and without hyperacusis / Ralli, Massimo; Salvi, Richard J; Greco, Antonio; Turchetta, Rosaria; De Virgilio, Armando; Altissimi, Giancarlo; Attanasio, Giuseppe; Cianfrone, Giancarlo; De Vincentiis, Marco. - In: PLOS ONE. - ISSN 1932-6203. - ELETTRONICO. - 12:11(2017), pp. 1-15. [10.1371/journal.pone.0188255]

Characteristics of somatic tinnitus patients with and without hyperacusis

Ralli, Massimo
Primo
Conceptualization
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Greco, Antonio
Conceptualization
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Turchetta, Rosaria
Data Curation
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De Virgilio, Armando
Investigation
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Altissimi, Giancarlo
Data Curation
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Attanasio, Giuseppe
Formal Analysis
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Cianfrone, Giancarlo
Penultimo
Supervision
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De Vincentiis, Marco
Ultimo
Supervision
2017

Abstract

Objective: Determine if somatic tinnitus patients with hyperacusis have different characteristics from those without hyperacusis. Patients and methods: 172 somatic tinnitus patients with (n = 82) and without (n = 90) hyperacusis referred to the Tinnitus Unit of Sapienza University of Rome between June 2012 and June 2016 were compared for demographic characteristics, tinnitus features, self-administered questionnaire scores, nature of somatic modulation and history. Results: Compared to those without hyperacusis, patients with somatic tinnitus and hyperacusis: (a) were older (43.38 vs 39.12 years, p = 0.05), (b) were more likely to have bilateral tinnitus (67.08% vs 55.56%, p = 0.04), (c) had a higher prevalence of somatic modulation of tinnitus (53.65% vs 36.66%, p = 0.02) and (d) scored significantly worse on tinnitus annoyance (39.34 vs 22.81, p<0.001) and subjective hearing level (8.04 vs 1.83, p<0.001). Conclusion: Our study shows significantly higher tinnitus modulation and worse self-rating of tinnitus and hearing ability in somatic tinnitus patients with hyperacusis versus somatic tinnitus patients without hyperacusis. These differences could prove useful in developing a better understanding of the pathophysiology and establishing a course of treatment for these two groups of patients.
tinnitus; hyperacusis; hearing loss
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Characteristics of somatic tinnitus patients with and without hyperacusis / Ralli, Massimo; Salvi, Richard J; Greco, Antonio; Turchetta, Rosaria; De Virgilio, Armando; Altissimi, Giancarlo; Attanasio, Giuseppe; Cianfrone, Giancarlo; De Vincentiis, Marco. - In: PLOS ONE. - ISSN 1932-6203. - ELETTRONICO. - 12:11(2017), pp. 1-15. [10.1371/journal.pone.0188255]
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