Journal article

Objective measurement of tinnitus using functional near-infrared spectroscopy and machine learning

Mehrnaz Shoushtarian, Roohallah Alizadehsani, Abbas Khosravi, Nicola Acevedo, Colette M McKay, Saeid Nahavandi, James B Fallon

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


Chronic tinnitus is a debilitating condition which affects 10-20% of adults and can severely impact their quality of life. Currently there is no objective measure of tinnitus that can be used clinically. Clinical assessment of the condition uses subjective feedback from individuals which is not always reliable. We investigated the sensitivity of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to differentiate individuals with and without tinnitus and to identify fNIRS features associated with subjective ratings of tinnitus severity. We recorded fNIRS signals in the resting state and in response to auditory or visual stimuli from 25 individuals with chronic tinnitus and 21 controls matched for ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Bionics Institute acknowledges the support it receives from the Victorian Government through its Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The project was partly funded by an Action on Hearing Loss Flexi Grant.