Tag Archives: tinnitus

Do the benefits of tinnitus therapy increase with time?

In this month’s post, we review¬†findings from a 12-month study that looked at tinnitus retraining therapy, open-canal hearing aids, and non-amplifying sound therapy devices. The results point toward progressive improvements in tinnitus-related outcomes over time, suggesting that a longitudinal treatment plan may be a valuable consideration.

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Adjusting hearing aids for tinnitus relief

Over one quarter of people report that hearing aids alone provide some measure of tinnitus relief. Shekhawat and colleagues propose that mild adjustments to a hearing aids frequency response may increase likelihood of tinnitus relief during a traditional hearing aid fitting. This article review discusses their findings and describes a series of recommendations for adjusting common hearing aid parameters in a manner that may further increase relief from tinnitus during hearing aid use.

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The Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI): A New and Improved way to Evaluate Tinnitus

The Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) is a new and well validated questionnaire for evaluating tinnitus. If you work with tinnitus patients you should take a close look at the TFI. The source article just won Ear & Hearing’s editor’s award and happens to be this month’s review article. Enjoy.

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For those of you who would like to use the TFI. It is now available on a website hosted by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). OHSU owns the copyright to the TFI and permission is required by OHSU to use the TFI. The request form takes 3 minutes to complete and allows you access to the TFI form and instructions. You will be able to use the TFI with no fee.

TFI Application

The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI): A quick and reliable method for measuring tinnitus outcomes

This month continues our theme of outcome measures with a review of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI). Did you know the THI is a quick and reliable way to measure the outcomes of tinnitus treatment? There aren’t many outcome measures that are as easy to interpret as the THI.