The Annoyance of Tinnitus and the Noise Required to Mask It For 11 patients with tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss, the intensity of bilateral broad-band noise required to mask the tinnitus increased by as much as 41 dB over a 30-minute period. A significant correlation was obtained between the rate of change in the noise over time and reported annoyance of ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1983
The Annoyance of Tinnitus and the Noise Required to Mask It
 
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  • M. J. Penner
    University of Maryland, College Park
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1983
The Annoyance of Tinnitus and the Noise Required to Mask It
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1983, Vol. 26, 73-76. doi:10.1044/jshr.2601.73
History: Received December 9, 1981 , Accepted March 24, 1982
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1983, Vol. 26, 73-76. doi:10.1044/jshr.2601.73
History: Received December 9, 1981; Accepted March 24, 1982

For 11 patients with tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss, the intensity of bilateral broad-band noise required to mask the tinnitus increased by as much as 41 dB over a 30-minute period. A significant correlation was obtained between the rate of change in the noise over time and reported annoyance of the tinnitus as measured on a 5-point rating scale. The total change in the noise level and the initial noise level required to mask the tinnitus were not significantly correlated with the annoyance of the tinnitus.

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