A preliminary investigation of potential cognitive performance decrements in non-help-seeking tinnitus sufferers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number2
Early online date5 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014
Objective: The aim of the study was to investigate the possible impact of tinnitus on the performance of challenging cognitive tasks. Design: Participants completed the hospital anxiety and depression scale and completed two cognitive tasks: the Vienna determination task and a variant of the Stroop paradigm. In addition, tinnitus sufferers completed the subjective tinnitus severity scale. Study sample: Thirty-three tinnitus sufferers and 33 controls took part in the study (n = 66). Results: Tinnitus sufferers were no more depressed nor anxious than controls, but they performed less well on both cognitive tasks. Conclusions: Possible causes and implications of these performance decrements are discussed, with particular attention given to the possibility that subjective distress is an important moderating factor in tinnitus sufferers.

    Research areas

  • Anxiety, Cognitive performance, Tinnitus


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    Rights statement: © 2013, Taylor and Francis. This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Audiology on 05/11/13, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.3109/14992027.2013.846481

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External organisations

  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Hull

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