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Correlation between speech perception and tinnitus before and after the use of hearing aid

Grant number: 13/15810-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2013
Effective date (End): October 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Principal Investigator:Maria Fernanda Capoani Garcia Mondelli
Grantee:Jessica Pacharoni Argentim
Host Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru (FOB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Bauru , SP, Brazil


The presence of tinnitus and the difficulty in speech recognition may generate significant changes in an individual's communication and, therefore, in the quality of life. Thus, the aim of this study is to assess the degree of inconvenience of tinnitus using the Portuguese version of Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) and correlate with the speech perception of individuals by testing the Brazilian version of Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) before and after adaptation of Individual Sound Amplification Device (Hearing Aid). To this end, this study will be developed in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic of Bauru School of Dentistry of University of Sao Paulo and 30 individuals will be selected with inclusion criteria as following: diagnosis of bilateral moderate sensorineural hearing loss, ages between 18 and 50 years old, continuous bilateral tinnitus complaint at least for 6 months, no prior experience with hearing aid and enrolled in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic of Bauru School of Dentistry. The Individuals will respond to anamnesis, THI for evaluation of inconvenience from the presence of tinnitus and will be submitted to HINT. After this assessment, the individuals will be adapted with hearing aid. After three months of continuous use of hearing aid, the 30 individuals will perform again the evaluations regarding THI and HINT. For the illustration of the results, appropriate statistical tests will be used.

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MARIA FERNANDA CAPOANI GARCIA MONDELLI; JESSICA PACHARONI ARGENTIM; ANDRESSA VITAL ROCHA. Correlação entre percepção de fala e zumbido antes e após o uso de amplificação. Audiol., Commun. Res., v. 21, . (13/15810-8)

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