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Pediatric tinnitus: A clinical perspective

Kenny H. Chan, Emily L. Jensen, Dexiang Gao
Objectives/Hypothesis To define the clinical features and natural history of pediatric tinnitus from a practicing otolaryngologist's perspective and formulate hypotheses therein. Study Design Retrospective chart review. Methods A retrospective chart review of the electronic medical record was undertaken. Only relevant records with a prior otolaryngology clinic visit and audiologic testing were included. Patients seen during the last 2 years of the study period were contacted and completed a questionnaire to assess change in tinnitus and quantify potential alterations in quality of life, associated symptoms, and natural history. Results One hundred eighty subjects with mean/median age of 11.5/11.5 years were identified. Hearing loss was identified in 40 subjects (22.2%). Etiology of tinnitus was identified in 95 subjects (52.8 %). Tinnitus-specific and/or nonspecific therapies were given to 80 subjects (44.4%). Of the 54 available subjects, 28 (51.9%) participated in the telephone questionnaire. Tinnitus complaints shifted favorably to the improvement or resolution categories (P = .001) between the initial clinic visit and the telephone interview. Shorter duration of tinnitus was associated with a higher probability of having improved tinnitus (P = .046). Conclusions This study distinguishes pediatric tinnitus from adult tinnitus in terms of lower association with underlying hearing loss, lower likelihood of reported anxiety, and higher likelihood of improvement and resolution. There are opportunities for tinnitus prevention in the areas of reducing head injury and noise-induced hearing loss. Level of Evidence 4 Laryngoscope, 2017

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/lary.26851

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