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Tinnitus and psychological morbidity: a cross-sectional study to investigate psychological morbidity in tinnitus patients and its relationship with severity of symptoms and illness perceptions.

Authors
  • Reynolds, P
  • Gardner, D
  • Lee, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical otolaryngology and allied sciences
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2004
Volume
29
Issue
6
Pages
628–634
Identifiers
PMID: 15533150
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between tinnitus and psychological morbidity using a cross-sectional survey design from patients of an outpatient audiology department in a typical District General Hospital. The results suggest that a significant number of tinnitus patients suffer from psychological problems both during and more unfortunately after routine treatment for their tinnitus. Anxiety was found to be the main psychological problem. In conclusion, this study suggests that, while further research is needed, many tinnitus patients require psychological treatment and this has implications for the staffing of audiology units in District General Hospitals.

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