Obsessive-compulsiveness in a population of tinnitus patients

Robert L. Folmer, Susan E. Griest, William Hal Martin

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The purpose of this study was to use the Maudsley Obsessional-Compulsive Inventory (MOCI) to assess obsessive-compulsiveness in a population of 196 tinnitus patients and to correlate MOCI scores with measures of anxiety, depression, and tinnitus severity. Tinnitus severity was positively correlated with measures of anxiety and depression. Depression was positively correlated with MOCI and anxiety scores. MOCI scores exhibited weaker positive correlations with tinnitus severity and anxiety. Effective management of tinnitus requires identification of psychological disorders or symptoms when they are present so that patients can receive appropriate treatment as soon as possible. The MOCI can be used to assess obsessive-compulsiveness in tinnitus patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Tinnitus Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Compulsive
  • Depression
  • Maudsley
  • Obsessive
  • Tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing


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