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Vol. 7, No. 2, 2002
Issue release date: March–April 2002
Section title: Original Paper
Audiol Neurotool 2002;7:122–130
(DOI:10.1159/000057660)

Characteristics of Tinnitus Induced by Acute Acoustic Trauma: A Long-Term Follow-Up

Mrena R. · Savolainen S. · Kuokkanen J.T. · Ylikoski J.
aCentral Hospital of Central Finland, Jyväskylä, bCentral Military Hospital, Helsinki, cDepartment of ORL, University of Helsinki, and dInstitute of Military Medicine, Helsinki, Finland

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 4/26/2002

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1420-3030 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9700 (Online)

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Abstract

We investigated the prevalence, characteristics and subjective perceived handicap caused by long-term tinnitus induced by acute acoustic trauma (AAT) in 418 former military conscripts. They had been treated between 1984 and 1989 because of AAT from exposure to impulse noise caused by firearm shooting. All 418 patients reported tinnitus after the AAT. At discharge from the military service, 122 (29%) still reported tinnitus. In 1999, of these 122 patients, 101 were reached and 66 still had tinnitus. The Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire demonstrated various difficulties in life because of tinnitus, not attributable only to tinnitus loudness. Psychological factors also seem to play an important role. The effects of AAT and possible compensation have been evaluated so far mostly by audiometric findings, but in some cases tinnitus may be an even more serious threat to life satisfaction than mild hearing impairment.


  

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Roderik Mrena
Knk os. 14, Keski-Suomen keskussairaala
FIN–40620 Jyväskylä (Finland)
Tel. +358 14 691 811, Fax +358 14 691 864
E-Mail roderik.mrena@ksshp.fi

  

Article Information

Received: Received: December 11, 2000
Accepted after revision: May 2, 2001
Number of Print Pages : 9
Number of Figures : 5, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 36

  

Publication Details

Audiology & Neuro-Otology (Basic Research and Clinical Applications)

Vol. 7, No. 2, Year 2002 (Cover Date: March-April 2002)

Journal Editor: Manfried Hoke, Münster, Germany
ISSN: 1420–3030 (print), 1421–9700 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 4/26/2002

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1420-3030 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9700 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/AUD


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