Prevalence of Somatosensory Tinnitus in Veterans with Tinnitus

Sarah M. Theodoroff, Garnett P. McMillan, Melissa T. Frederick, Chan Random, Emily Thielman, Shiny Vergis, Kay Cherian, Neil Cherian

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Objectives: The primary objective was to estimate the prevalence of somatosensory tinnitus (ST) among Veterans with tinnitus. Design: Three hundred four Veterans with tinnitus were phone screened for ST by performing and reporting on a series of head/neck/jaw maneuvers. A random sample of 12 individuals who screened positive and five who screened negative attended an in-person visit to confirm the presence/absence of ST. Results: Of the 304 Veterans, 12 could not complete the screening maneuvers, 205 screened positive, and 87 screened negative. A Bayesian estimator that combines phone screening and in-person exam results establishes the prevalence of ST among Veterans with tinnitus at 56% with a 90% Bayesian confidence interval of 45% to 65%. Conclusions: At least half of Veterans with tinnitus have ST, suggesting that a sizable at-need population exists. Treatment addressing the biomechanical component has the potential to improve tinnitus symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1593-1596
Number of pages4
JournalEar and hearing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • Bayesian approach
  • Prevalence
  • Somatosensory
  • Tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Speech and Hearing


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