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Simultaneous hearing problems: health conditions in tinnitus, sound sensitivity and both diagnoses
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Little research has been conducted on simultaneous hearing problems. The aim of this study was to investigate health conditions (stress, sleep quality, depression, anxiety, and burnout) in individuals with 1) tinnitus, 2) sound sensitivity, and 3) both tinnitus and sound sensitivity, compared to a reference group without these diagnoses. Data from a Swedish population-based sample, stratified for age and gender, was collected through a mail survey. The participation rate was 40 %, and 3406 individuals participated. The results showed that the sample with sound sensitivity was in poorest health condition, raising the notion of different underlying mechanisms of the sound sensitivity in the samples with sound sensitivity versus double diagnoses. More research is needed to further explore the effects of living with simultaneous hearing problems, and subgroups within the phenomena of sensitivity to sound.

Abstract [sv]

Lite forskning har hittills undersökt simultana hörselproblem. Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka hälsotillstånd (stress, sömnkvalitet, depression, ångest och utbrändhet) hos individer med 1) tinnitus, 2) ljudkänslighet, och 3) tinnitus och ljudkänslighet, jämfört med en referensgrupp utan dessa diagnoser. Data från en svensk populationsbaserad grupp, stratifierat för ålder och kön, samlades in via en brevenkät. Deltagandet var 40 % och 3406 individer deltog. Resultatet visade att gruppen med ljudkänslighet var i sämst hälsotillstånd, vilket väcker funderingar om olika underliggande mekanismer för ljudkänsligheten i grupperna med ljudkänslighet jämfört med dubbeldiagnos. Mer forskning behövs för att vidare utforska följderna av att leva med simultana hörselproblem, och subgrupper inom fenomenet för ljudkänslighet.

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Social Sciences Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100051OAI: diva2:789582
Subject / course
Examensarbete i psykologi
Educational program
Study Programme for University Diploma in Psychology
Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-19 Last updated: 2015-04-01Bibliographically approved

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