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January 1960

An Audiometric Study of Two Hundred Cases of Subjective Tinnitus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Supported in part by United States Public Health Service Grant B-1323 and a Pilot Grant from the Research Committee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. A condensation of Candidate's Thesis for the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;71(1):84-94. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.03770010088009

Subjective tinnitus is a symptom, the exact causes of which have eluded otologists to the present time. An effective cure appears to have been equally elusive. Despite its elusiveness, tinnitus appears to be an intriguing subject, as evidenced by the voluminous literature concerning it. In reviewing the literature, it is of interest to note that nearly as much has been written regarding objective tinnitus, a relatively rare type of tinnitus, as has been written about subjective tinnitus. This emphasis on objective tinnitus is most likely so because objective tinnitus is more amenable to objective observations and study than is subjective tinnitus. The wealth of factual information concerning objective tinnitus is notably absent in that segment of the literature devoted to subjective tinnitus. By and large, the papers which have been written on subjective tinnitus are concerned with only one or more of three main categories: theoretical explanations of the physiological

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