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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2011;54(9):935-940.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2011.54.9.935   
Management of presbytinnitus
Sang Cheol Kim, Jae Young Choi
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jychoi@yuhs.ac
As the population is aging, the prevalence of presbycusis is increasing proportionally. The prevalence of tinnitus, which usually accompanies presbycusis, is also growing. Presbytinnitus, defined as tinnitus which accompanies presbycusis, not only influences the individual's well-being and productivity but also causes communication problems, isolation, and social withdrawal. We now need to adopt more aggressive approaches to treating presbytinnitus in the elderly population, rather than giving them discouraging comments on the course of disease progression. Although the exact mechanisms of presbytinnitus have not been revealed and the specified therapeutic methods have not yet been established, an increasing number of studies using masking, retraining therapy, psychological therapy, and some medications have shown promising outcomes for the management of presbytinnitus. Therefore, appropriate treatment with multidisciplinary modalities should be provided for patients with presbytinnitus in order to reduce a growing social burden.
Key Words: Presbycusis, Tinnitus, Therapeutics


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