A Preliminary Investigation of Potential Cognitive Performance Decrements in non-Help-Seeking Tinnitus Sufferers

Jamie G. Jackson, Iain J. Coyne, Peter Clough

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Citations (Scopus)


Objective: The aim of the study was to investigate the possible impact of tinnitus on the performance of challenging cognitive tasks.

Design: Participants completed the hospital anxiety and depression scale and completed two cognitive tasks: the Vienna determination task and a variant of the Stroop paradigm. In addition, tinnitus sufferers completed the subjective tinnitus severity scale. Study sample: Thirty-three tinnitus sufferers and 33 controls took part in the study (n = 66).

Results: Tinnitus sufferers were no more depressed nor anxious than controls, but they performed less well on both cognitive tasks.

Conclusions: Possible causes and implications of these performance decrements are discussed, with particular attention given to the possibility that subjective distress is an important moderating factor in tinnitus sufferers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number2
Early online date5 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


Cite this