The International Tinnitus Journal

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

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Electrical Suppression of Tinnitus via Cochlear Implants

Author(s): Richard T. Miyamoto, Michael K. Wynne, Christopher McKnight and Brad Bichey

Electrical suppression of tinnitus via a cochlear implant is a secondary beneUt {()r many cochlear implant recipients. In this study, a sample of 78 adult cochlear implanlllsers were surveyed. Data was compiled from 64 completed questionnaires. A high prevalence of preoperative tinnitus was documented in profoundly deaf adult cochlear implant users. Although only a few subjects reported that their tinnitus was totally eliminated after implantation, many users reported improvement or stabilization. Duration of tinnitus appeared t6 .be a significant factor as all subjects whoreported a significant improvement had le~s than a 20- year history of tinnitus.