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Audiology 2015;11(2): 120-128.
Published online: April 30, 2015.
doi: http://doi.org/10.21848/audiol.2015.11.2.120
이명난청환자의 수용소음레벨과 자가보고 설문결과와의 관련성에 관한 연구
연지인1,2, 변재용1, 박문서1, 이재희2
1강동경희대학교병원 이비인후과
2한림국제대학원대학교 청각학과
Study on the Acceptable Noise Level (ANL) in Patients with Tinnitus and Hearing Loss and Association with Self-reported Subjective Questionnaire
Ji In Yeon1,2, Jae Yong Byun1, Moon Suh Park1, Jae Hee Lee2
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Seoul
2Department of Audiology, Hallym University of Graduate Studies, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence  Jae Hee Lee ,Tel: (02) 2051-4952, Fax: (02) 3453-6618, Email: leejaehee@hallym.ac.kr
Received: March 27, 2015; Revised: April 17, 2015   Accepted: April 20, 2015.  Published online: April 30, 2015.
The present study aimed to identify whether subjects with tinnitus and hearing loss would tolerate noise poorly than subjects only with hearing loss. This study also evaluated whether the acceptable noise level (ANL) of listeners with tinnitus would be associated with results of self-reported subjective questionnaire. An experimental group (12 subjects with tinnitus and hearing loss) was compared to non-tinnitus control group (11 subjects with hearing loss), whose audiometric thresholds were statistically similar between two groups. Individual ANLs were measured across five types of background noise (1-male, 1-female, 2-talker, 4-talker, and 8-talker maskers). The self-reported subjective questionnaire evaluated individual subjective handicap of tinnitus and relevant depression. Results showed that the experimental group had relatively more annoyance from noise (higher ANLs) compared to control group, regardless of the type of background noise. From the results of subjective questionnaires, we found that listeners who reported more handicap of tinnitus had less tolerance of background noise (higher ANLs). In conclusion, tinnitus may affect subjective capacity to accept background noise while following a target story, and it can be related with subjective handicap from tinnitus.
Key Words: Acceptable Noise Level (ANL), Tinnitus, Background noise
중심단어: 수용소음레벨, 이명, 배경소음
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