What is the effect of cochlear implantation on tinnitus in adults with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss?
Background: Unilateral cochlear implantation is a common treatment for patients with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. An often-reported additional benefit of implantation is the subjective reduction of tinnitus. Most studies reporting on the effect of cochlear implantation on tinnitus have been published in the last decade; however, a current systematic review of the literature following evidenced-based medicine principles is not available.
Explore this issue:November 2015
Study design: Study review of 10 prospective or retrospective case series articles with study populations varying from 20 to 174 patients, from database inception up to January 13, 2015.
Setting: PubMed, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, and Embase databases.