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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Oct;159(4):599-600. doi: 10.1177/0194599818785146. Epub 2018 Jul 3.

Tinnitus: A Stepchild in Our Specialty.

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1 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA.
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2 Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, Yale University, Guilford, Connecticut, USA.
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3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.

Abstract

Many patients are not satisfied with their doctor's answer when they complain about tinnitus. The proposed classification can be used to communicate with patients as well as guide future research. Type A itemizes the treatable causes of tinnitus. Type B itemizes tinnitus with a lack of medical explanation. Type C tinnitus is caused by diagnosable and treatable conditions, as listed in tinnitus type A, but the tinnitus persists after the successful treatment of the other symptoms.

KEYWORDS:

humming (in the ear); noise (in the ear); pulsation (in the ear); ringing (in the ear); tinnitus

PMID:
29966488
DOI:
10.1177/0194599818785146

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