The International Tinnitus Journal


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The International Tinnitus Journal

Official Journal of the Neurootological and Equilibriometric Society
Official Journal of the Brazil Federal District Otorhinolaryngologist Society

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ISSN: 0946-5448


Are Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors Predictive for Perceived Tinnitus Impairment?

Author(s): Josef Unterrainer, Karoline V. Greimel, and Max Leibetseder

Patients suffering from chronic tinnitus were analyzed to examine whether tinnitus impairments can be predicted by' demographic and socioeconomic factors. For this purpose, subjective tinnitus complaints were measured in ] 53 patients using the tinnitus impairment questionnaire (THI-12) that distinguishes between emotional-cognitive and functionalcommunicative factors . Age, gender, marital status, and education levels were assessed and treated as predictive variables. In computing canonical correlations, only the level of education served as a significant emotional-cognitive predictor for tinnitus impairment. Patients with lower education demonstrated impairments in the emotional-cognitive domain that were more marked than those in higher-educated people. The results indicated that demographic and socioeconomic variables have no predictive value for tinnitus impairments, with the exception of a person's level of education.