Quality of life in patients with tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss
2014 (English)In: B-ENT, ISSN 1781-782X, Vol. 10, no 1, 41-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of life in patients with tinnitus and SNHL, to investigate patients’ mental and physical health and to measure the level of satisfaction concerning the care experienced by the patients.
Methods: Three questionnaires related to patients` physical and psychological health, were mailed to 714 Swedish patients with tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss.
Results: Female patients had significantly higher Tinnitus Handicap Inventory scores than male patients. Patients who were satisfied with the care they obtained had significantly higher PTA. It was found that the satisfied group had significantly lower THI-scores. In the dissatisfied group, 61% of patients had no hearing aids compared to 42% in the satisfied group.
Conclusion: Our cohort of patients estimated their life quality and general health at a good level almost 4.5 years after their first report of tinnitus. Another finding was that 47% of patients were not satisfied with the treatment they obtained. In the dissatisfied group, 61% of patients had no hearing aids. Further research is required to find an approach that could motivate patients with both tinnitus and hearing impairment to use hearing aids.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 10, no 1, 41-51 p.
Tinnitus, Sensorineural hearing loss, Questionnaire, Quality of life
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81412ISI: 000334566200007PubMedID: 24765828OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81412DiVA: diva2:552289