The efficacy of auditory perceptual training for tinnitus: A systematic review

Derek J. Hoare, Paula C. Stacey, Deborah A. Hall

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Auditory perceptual training affects neural plasticity and so represents a potential strategy for tinnitus management. We assessed the effects of auditory perceptual training on tinnitus perception and/or its intrusiveness via a systematic review of published literature. An electronic database search using the keywords 'tinnitus and learning' or 'tinnitus and training' was conducted, updated by a hand search. The ten studies identified were reviewed independently by two reviewers, data were extracted, study quality was assessed according to a number of specific criteria and the information was synthesised using a narrative approach. Nine out of the ten studies reported some significant change in either self-reported or psychoacoustic outcome measures after auditory training. However, all studies were quality rated as providing low or moderate levels of evidence for an effect. We identify a need for appropriately randomised and controlled studies that will generate high-quality unbiased and generalisable evidence to ascertain whether or not auditory perceptual training has a clinically relevant effect on tinnitus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-324
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Chronic tinnitus
  • Data quality
  • Handicap
  • Perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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