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February 23, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(8):615-616. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430005003

• Some causes of tinnitus are known, and their removal relieves it, as in the case of drugs like quinine and the salicylates. Tinnitus caused by neural degeneration, however, represents an irreversible process. It is little affected by medication and is not relieved by any kind of surgery. Taking a careful history of the patient and performing a complete otological and physical examination helps to identify the cause. A method of approach can then be planned, some relief of symptoms may be achieved, and the mental attitude of the patient will be greatly improved.