Patient preferences in tinnitus outcomes and treatments: a qualitative study

Helen Pryce, Amanda Hall, Rachel Shaw, Beth-Anne Culhane, Sarah Swift, Jean Straus, Beth Claesen

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In order to identify patient preferences in care for tinnitus an in depth grounded theory study was conducted. This consisted of interviews with 41 patients who had sought help for tinnitus across a range of locations and tinnitus services in England. Preferences for outcomes were for both the removal of the tinnitus and for improved coping and management of the tinnitus. Preferences for treatment were for individualized care, tailored information and for treatment to assist with psychological adjustment and auditory distraction. Adoption of treatments to manage tinnitus were based on a trial and error approach. Patients? preferences for individual treatments varied but were informed by the information they received. Information plays an important role in care for people with tinnitus. Patients hold individual preferences and require engagement in shared decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-790
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number10
Early online date2 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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©2018 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society. Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (,
which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in
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Funding: British Tinnitus Association


  • tinnitus
  • psychology
  • instrumentation
  • behaviour


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