Objective tinnitus in children

Michael H. Fritsch, Michael K. Wynne, Bruce H. Matt, Wendy L. Smith, Corbett M. Smith

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Objective: To discuss the various symptoms and causes of objective tinnitus in children. Study Design: Retrospective case review. Patients: Five children who had audible signals emanating from their ears caused by audible spontaneous otoacoustic emissions, palatal myoclonus, arteriovenous malformation, and acoustic trauma. Main Outcome Measure: The tinnitus reported by the patients was linked to acoustic signals that could be measured objectively or heard by the examiner. Results: Four of the five children had essentially normal hearing. The one child who demonstrated a hearing loss audiometrically was thought to have normal hearing sensitivity, but his intense roaring objective tinnitus appeared to mask his low-frequency thresholds. All five patients had measurable acoustic signals in the ear canal that matched the patients' descriptions of their tinnitus. Conclusion: The cases illustrate how the objective tinnitus was diagnosed and measured, how a treatment algorithm was applied, and the expected results of treatment. In addition, the cases provide support for the use of psychologic counseling throughout the examination and treatment of objective tinnitus in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-649
Number of pages6
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Audible spontaneous otoacoustic emissions
  • Children
  • Objective tinnitus
  • Treatment algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Fritsch, M. H., Wynne, M. K., Matt, B. H., Smith, W. L., & Smith, C. M. (2001). Objective tinnitus in children. Otology and Neurotology, 22(5), 644-649. https://doi.org/10.1097/00129492-200109000-00015