The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

Binaural Processing and Auditory Working Memory in Individuals with Tinnitus Having Normal Hearing Sensitivity


All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India

J Int Adv Otol 2023; 19: 175-181
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2023.22990
Read: 951 Downloads: 406 Published: 01 May 2023

BACKGROUND: Tinnitus is a sound perceived in the ears or head without any external or internal sound source. It can be hypothesized that the auditory processing at the different levels of the auditory pathway and working memory may get affected due to the additional sound contributed by tinnitus. The objective of our study is to evaluate binaural processes and working memory capacity in individual with tinnitus having normal hearing sensitivity.

METHODS: The binaural interaction process was evaluated using the interaural time difference and interaural level difference. Similarly, the binaural integration process was assessed using the dichotic consonant-vowel test, and the working memory was assessed using the audio descending span test and Audio 2N-Back span test. Mann–Whitney U test was done to see the significant difference between the groups.

RESULTS: The Mann–Whitney U test showed significantly poorer interaural level difference scores in the tinnitus group. Also, dichotic consonantvowel test scores and auditory working memory test scores were found to be significantly lower in individuals with tinnitus.

CONCLUSION: The binaural processes, along with the working memory capacity, are found to be affected in an individual with tinnitus, which in turn may affect the speech perception ability of the individual.

Cite this article as: S S, Aryal S, K.Venkateswaran N, Prabhu P. Binaural processing and auditory working memory in individuals with tinnitus having normal hearing sensitivity. J Int Adv Otol. 2023;19(3):175-181.

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