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J Laryngol Otol. 2007 Mar;121(3):201-8. Epub 2006 Sep 25.

Tinnitus.

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Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Essex County Hospital, Colchester, UK. donald.mcferran@essexrivers.nhs.uk

Abstract

Chronic idiopathic subjective tinnitus is a common condition affecting around one in ten of the population at any given time. For the majority of people it is an annoyance rather than a major health issue but for approximately 0.5 per cent of the population tinnitus interferes with their ability to pursue a normal life. Modern theories of the pathogenesis of the condition concentrate on the central auditory system although the peripheral auditory system can be a trigger or ignition site for tinnitus. Although a cure remains elusive there are several good treatment strategies based on psychological and neurophysiological models of tinnitus that promote habituation to the symptom.

PMID:
16995967
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215106002714
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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