Prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus relief

Giriraj Singh Shekhawat, Grant D. Searchfield, Kei Kobayashi, Cathy M. Stinear

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Abstract

Objective: Tinnitus is a perceived sound that cannot be attributed to an external source. This study attempts to identify a prescription of amplification that is optimized as a first-fit setting for tinnitus relief. Design: Participants compared the effect of high frequency amplification on their tinnitus. Stimuli were 13 speech files with different amounts of high frequency amplification (three cut-off frequencies and four gain settings) to simulate the effects of a change in DSL(I/O) v5.0 prescription in the high frequencies. Study sample: Twenty-five participants with chronic tinnitus participated in the study. Results: A 6-dB reduction to prescribed gain at 2 kHz emerged as the most preferred output (26.47% participants) to interfere with participants' tinnitus. Overall, 70.58% of the participants' preferred a 3 to 6 dB reduction in output while 29.42% preferred a similar increase across all cut-off frequencies. A trend was observed in which the higher the tinnitus pitch the more similar the preferred output to DSL(I/O) v5.0. Conclusion: DSL(I/O) v5.0 appears to be a good starting point for prescription of hearing-aid output for tinnitus management. Long-term benefits of different prescriptions for tinnitus still need to be ascertained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-625
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume52
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hearing aids
  • Tinnitus
  • Treatment

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