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February 1962

Acoustical Characteristics of Tinnitus: An Analysis

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(2):162-167. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040168015

The recognition of tinnitus aurium as a problem in otological practice and in more recent years as a problem in audiological practice is widespread. Unfortunately, there has been little published research on this symptom. It may be hoped that the report by Reed7 signaled the beginning of systematic investigations of nonvibratory tinnitus aurium. Clinical observations seem to indicate that studies of tinnitus by several medical and nonmedical specialties may be of value. Our training as audiologists dictated that our investigation focus on the acoustical characteristics of the symptom.

Since there were no published studies of the various acoustical characteristics of tinnitus when the present investigation was undertaken, 2 primary goals were set. The first objective was to develop a basic methodology for use in the measurement of the acoustical characteristics of nonvibratory tinnitus aurium. The other primary goal was to determine whether or not group differences existed between normal

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