Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Management of Tinnitus in Children: Review of Literature and Effect of Counseling

Lee, D. Y., Lee, J. Y., et al. (2017).
Auris, Nasus, Larynx, Epub ahead of print retrieved December 14, 2017 from
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Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center (South Korea)

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  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
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Article Details


This systematic review investigates the management of pediatric tinnitus through the use of hearing aid devices, tinnitus retraining therapy, and/or noise generators.

Questions/Aims Addressed

"The purpose of this study was to investigate clinical manifestations and management of pediatric tinnitus through review of current literature and highlight an importance of active management" (p. 2).


Children with tinnitus between 5 and 18 years of age


Hearing aid devices, noise generators, and tinnitus retraining therapy

Number of Studies Included


Years Included

1980 through May 2017

Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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The efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy including counseling, noise generators, and use of hearing aids for hearing loss varied depending on the hearing status of the child:

  • "The severity of hearing loss and tinnitus, the difference of individual compliance for use of hearing aids, and the difference of performances and fitting techniques of hearing aids may affect the control of tinnitus" (p. 4).
  • Counseling with normal hearing or minimal hearing loss results in a favorable prognosis of tinnitus in the pediatric population.

Keywords: Devices, Counseling and Education, Hearing Aids, Comorbidity (e.g. Hearing Loss/Psychological Distress), Masking/Sound Generators

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