How is tinnitus measured and quantified?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Aaron G Benson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Volumes are devoted to the quantification and measurement of tinnitus. One of the more successful and useful mechanisms for the quantification of tinnitus has been the matching of tinnitus to a tone presented to the patient in a sound-treated room, using an audiometer. Such procedures, types of tinnitus matching, are used to provide a measure of tinnitus for reevaluation of symptoms before, during, and after therapy. Although those who experience tinnitus often describe their match as exact, they quickly point out that such a match does not adequately reflect the severity of the problem affecting their daily lives.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Ear, Nose, and Throat Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Tinnitus.


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