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. 2012 Aug;26(16):729-32.

[The Relationship Between Tinnitus Severity and Anxiety]

[Article in Chinese]
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[The Relationship Between Tinnitus Severity and Anxiety]

[Article in Chinese]
Jianle Xu et al. Lin Chung Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke Za Zhi. .

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the correlation between tinnitus severity and anxiety experienced by patients in order to explore its role in the rehabilitation of the tinnitus.

Method: A total of 119 patients complaining of tinnitus were recruited in a cross-sectional survey. Correlation was studied by series of instruments including tinnitus general questionnaire, tinnitus handicap inventory (THI) and self-rating anxiety scale (SAS).

Result: Significant correlations between THI and SAS scores (r = 0.573, P < 0.01), and between THI classification and SAS scores were shown (r = 0.551, P < 0.01).

Conclusion: There was a moderate positive correlation between tinnitus severity and anxiety. If a patient reports a THI greater than 38, the otolaryngologist should supplement diagnostic studies with a psychological consultation.

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