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Troublesome tinnitus in children: epidemiology, audiological profile, and preliminary results of treatment.

Bartnik G, Stępień A, Raj-Koziak D, Fabijańska A, Niedziałek I, Skarżyński H - Int J Pediatr (2011)

Bottom Line: The success of the therapy after 6 months was estimated on 81.4% of significant improvement.Conclusions.It is recommended that a questionnaire include an inquiry about the presence of tinnitus during hearing screening tests.

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Affiliation: Tinnitus Clinic, Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, AK Kampinos 1, 01-943 Warsaw, Poland.

ABSTRACT
Introduction. Although tinnitus often has a significant impact on individual's life, there are still few reports relating to tinnitus in children. In our tinnitus clinic, children with distressing tinnitus constitute about 0,5% of all our patients. Objectives. The aim of this study was to analyse children with troublesome tinnitus as regards epidemiology, audiological profile, and preliminary effects of the therapy. Methods. A retrospective study was carried out involving the cases of 143 children consulted in our Tinnitus Clinic in 2009. The selected group with troublesome tinnitus was evaluated and classified for proper category of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Results. The study showed that 41.3% of the children suffered from bothersome tinnitus. In this group 44.1% of the patients demonstrated normal hearing. The success of the therapy after 6 months was estimated on 81.4% of significant improvement. Conclusions. It is recommended that a questionnaire include an inquiry about the presence of tinnitus during hearing screening tests.

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Time from the onset of tinnitus to first counseling.
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fig1: Time from the onset of tinnitus to first counseling.

Mentions: Troublesome tinnitus was present in 59 children (41,3%), 31 girls (52,5%) and 28 boys (47,5%), at the average age of 14,4 (min. 7, max. 17). Some of them complained about hyperacusis (n = 22, 37,3%). There were significantly more girls with this symptom (n = 14, 63,6%) than boys (n = 8, 36,4%). Despite bothersome tinnitus, only 19 children (32,3%) had first audiological counseling within a year after the onset of tinnitus (Figure 1). In all, 44,1% of children (n = 26) demonstrated normal hearing while 55,9% (n = 33) had hearing impairment (Figures 2 and 3). According to the suspected etiology of tinnitus, the most common one was a clinical history of a virus infection (18,6%), and in 49,1% of cases etiology was unknown. In Figure 4, there is a detailed summary of the causes percentage distribution.


Troublesome tinnitus in children: epidemiology, audiological profile, and preliminary results of treatment.

Bartnik G, Stępień A, Raj-Koziak D, Fabijańska A, Niedziałek I, Skarżyński H - Int J Pediatr (2011)

Time from the onset of tinnitus to first counseling.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Time from the onset of tinnitus to first counseling.
Mentions: Troublesome tinnitus was present in 59 children (41,3%), 31 girls (52,5%) and 28 boys (47,5%), at the average age of 14,4 (min. 7, max. 17). Some of them complained about hyperacusis (n = 22, 37,3%). There were significantly more girls with this symptom (n = 14, 63,6%) than boys (n = 8, 36,4%). Despite bothersome tinnitus, only 19 children (32,3%) had first audiological counseling within a year after the onset of tinnitus (Figure 1). In all, 44,1% of children (n = 26) demonstrated normal hearing while 55,9% (n = 33) had hearing impairment (Figures 2 and 3). According to the suspected etiology of tinnitus, the most common one was a clinical history of a virus infection (18,6%), and in 49,1% of cases etiology was unknown. In Figure 4, there is a detailed summary of the causes percentage distribution.

Bottom Line: The success of the therapy after 6 months was estimated on 81.4% of significant improvement.Conclusions.It is recommended that a questionnaire include an inquiry about the presence of tinnitus during hearing screening tests.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Tinnitus Clinic, Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, AK Kampinos 1, 01-943 Warsaw, Poland.

ABSTRACT
Introduction. Although tinnitus often has a significant impact on individual's life, there are still few reports relating to tinnitus in children. In our tinnitus clinic, children with distressing tinnitus constitute about 0,5% of all our patients. Objectives. The aim of this study was to analyse children with troublesome tinnitus as regards epidemiology, audiological profile, and preliminary effects of the therapy. Methods. A retrospective study was carried out involving the cases of 143 children consulted in our Tinnitus Clinic in 2009. The selected group with troublesome tinnitus was evaluated and classified for proper category of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Results. The study showed that 41.3% of the children suffered from bothersome tinnitus. In this group 44.1% of the patients demonstrated normal hearing. The success of the therapy after 6 months was estimated on 81.4% of significant improvement. Conclusions. It is recommended that a questionnaire include an inquiry about the presence of tinnitus during hearing screening tests.

No MeSH data available.