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Year: 2012  Vol. 16   Num. Suppl. 1  - May
DOI: 10.7162/S1809-9777201200S1F-010
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11º CONGRESSO DA FUNDAÇÃO OTORRINOLARINGOLOGIA - Oral Presentation Audiology
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THE USE OF HEARING AIDS GENERIC SOUND GENERATOR WITH INTEGRATED CONTROL OF TINNITUS - PILOT STUDY.
A UTILIZAÇÃO DE PRÓTESES AUDITIVAS GENÉRICAS COM GERADOR DE SOM INTEGRADO PARA O CONTROLE DO ZUMBIDO - ESTUDO PILOTO
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Gisele Munhoes dos Santos, Erica Miranda da Silva, Silvio Penteado, Ricardo Ferreira Bento
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OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of combined use of amplification and sound generator for the relief of discomfort due to tinnitus in relation to pure amplification through hearing aids generic Sabará, with integrated sound generator, developed by the Department of Otolaryngology - HC FMUSP in patients with tinnitus and hearing loss from mild to moderately severe. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this pilot study were selected six adult patients of both sexes, with symmetric bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, mild to moderately severe tinnitus and no previous experience with hearing aids. Patients underwent tinnitus psychoacoustic assessment and application of questionnaires handicap of tinnitus and hearing loss. After this step, the sample was divided randomly into two groups: A) fitted with hearing aids bilaterally Sabará with the sound generator connected, and B) adapted with the same hearing aid, but with the sound generator off. Patients received counseling on tinnitus and were reassessed after 4 months of use. RESULTS: Preliminary results show no changes in the psychoacoustic characteristics of tinnitus. However, there is less of tinnitus and hearing handicap in both groups, with Group A patients showed greater reduction of the handicap caused by tinnitus than the patients in Group B. CONCLUSIONS: The combined use of amplification and sound generator for the relief of discomfort due to tinnitus seems to be more efficient than the pure amplification.

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