Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Resting-State Brain Activity in Individuals with Tinnitus.

Publication date: Feb 12, 2024

This study looked at the possible effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals who came to our clinic seeking relief from tinnitus. The performance of the subjects during the COVID-19 pandemic was compared with similar individuals who came to our clinic before the pandemic began. The study involved 50 adults with chronic tinnitus, made up of a study group (24 subjects tested during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021) and a control group before the pandemic began (26 subjects tested from 2013 to 2017). None of the 24 reported having contracted COVID-19. Data collection involved the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) questionnaire, audiological tests, and quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG). In terms of THI scores, there were no statistically significant differences between the two groups. However, with regard to qEEG, some changes were observed, with significant decreases in alpha and beta band activity in the study group compared to the control group, particularly over the auditory cortex. We conclude that COVID-19 did not have a discernible impact on the general well-being of individuals with tinnitus. However, it did appear to alter brain activity, specifically in the alpha and beta bands over the auditory cortex, and these reults warrant further investigation.

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Concepts Keywords
Clinic COVID-19
Electroencephalography EEG
Pandemic THI
Resting tinnitus


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 Pandemic
disease MESH Tinnitus
drug DRUGBANK Albendazole
disease MESH Heart Failure
disease VO effectiveness
disease MESH uncertainty
disease VO population
disease MESH infection
disease MESH psychological stress
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease IDO process
disease VO Gap
disease VO nose
disease MESH hearing loss
disease VO protocol
drug DRUGBANK Medical air
drug DRUGBANK Water
disease VO frequency
disease VO device
disease VO ANOVA

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