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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Nov;133(5):774-9.

Long-term clinical trial of tinnitus retraining therapy.

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Unidad de Acúfenos, Instituto ORL Antolí-Candela, Madrid, Spain. cherraizp@seorl.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To demonstrate the efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) for tinnitus relief compared to a waiting list group and a partially treated group (patients that refused prosthesis adaptation).

STUDY DESIGN:

Prospective non-randomised clinical assay (n = 158). Visual analogue scale (VAS) for intensity and the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) were evaluated at 12-month period.

RESULTS:

Eighty two percent of the patients that followed TRT improved their tinnitus according to their self-evaluation. THI score was reduced from 48% to 32% and VAS decreased from 6.6 to 5.3 after one year (p < 0.05). TRT patients showed a higher improvement on their tinnitus, THI and VAS scores when compared with the waiting list patients and with patients that refused prosthesis adaptation when recommended (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

TRT improved tinnitus in 82% of the subjects and statistically reduced THI and VAS scores after 12 months. TRT has shown to be more effective than a waiting list group and partially treated patients.

EBM RATING:

B-2.

PMID:
16274808
DOI:
10.1016/j.otohns.2005.07.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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