Tinnitus may lower quality of life

Tinnitus generally has a moderately negative impact on the quality of life.

According to a survey published in the British Journal of Audiology, tinnitus generally has a moderately negative impact on the quality of life. 122 tinnitus patients took part in the survey. The purpose of the survey was to examine how audiological, psychological and psychosomatic factors affect the quality of life.

Approximately two thirds of the patients had fluctuating tinnitus. 48 patients reported that they suffered from frequent headaches. Approximately 10% had Meniére ìs Disease while 10% had normal hearing.

Three psychological factors explained 65% of the variance in quality of life. They were:

  • Reduced concentration
  • Depression
  • Perceived negative attitudes

Other factors included:

  • Hypersensitivity to sound
  • The hearing level in the better ear
  • Tinnitus duration (the shorter the duration, the more negative the impact on the quality of life).
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