Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2014; 18 - a2504
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1388741

Sound Generator in the Treatment of Chronic Tinnitus

Andressa Vital Rocha 1, Jéssica Pacharoni Argentim 1, Maria Fernanda Capoani Garcia Mondelli 1, Maria Renata José 1
  • 1Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru, Universidade de São Paulo

Introduction: The hearing aid with noise generator, which is being disseminated strongly in the market, introduces the principle of inhibition of the tinnitus that has already reached the level of conscious perception and allows that the habituation occurs. In this way, the brain classifies tinnitus as meaningless and unimportant and then the individual affected ignores the presence of it.

Objectives: To verify the effectiveness of the sound generator in the treatment of chronic tinnitus with normal hearing.

Resumed report: A 54-year-old woman with normal hearing and with complaining of bilateral constant wheezing tinnitus for 5 years, considered nuisance and classified as severe according to Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) questionnaire, with score 10 for Visual Analogue Scale (VSA). After brief counseling, the adaptation of the hearing aid with noise generator was made, being retrieved the point of mixing with neutral noise and intensity near the 5 dB for low frequencies and near 10 dB to high frequencies, which is compatible to the acufenometry in which was found 10 dBA on the right ear and 15 dBA in the left ear in 12, 5 kHz with minimum thresholds found 10 dB above of the values. After effective use of hearing aid for 1 month, the patient referred symptom suppression, denied nuisance, and zeroed the score of the questionnaire.

Conclusion: It was verified that the effectiveness of hearing aid with noise generator in chronic tinnitus with normal hearing showing suppression of symptom after the effective use of the equipment.

Keywords: Tinnitus.