QUALITY OF SEXUAL LIFE IN INDIVIDUALS WITH NORMAL HEARING AND SUBJECTIVE TINNITUS


Asta B., Öztürk N., Aydoğan Z., Uzdil N., Tokgöz Yılmaz S.

ASES INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, ENGINEERING AND SCIENCES CONGRESS, Ankara, Turkey, 7 - 08 May 2022, pp.168

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.168
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Abstract It has been reported that tinnitus strongly affects the psychological and social profile negatively, and reduces the quality of life. Since the effect of tinnitus on quality of life is highly variable and multifactorial, tinninus should be considered as a social problem as well as a medical problem. Although many studies have been conducted on the psychosocial effects of tinnitus and reported that it affects sexual functions negatively in general, no study has been found that directly examines its effect on sexual quality of life. Our research is the first study in this sense and aims to examine the effect of subjective tinnitus on the quality of sexual life in individuals with normal hearing. Individuals between the ages of 18-55 who applied to Ankara University Medical Faculty İbni Sina Hospital Audiology, Balance and Speech Disorders Diagnosis and Rehabilitation Unit for routine hearing test and tinnitus evaluation were included. 9 individuals with subjective tinnitus with normal hearing constituted the study group, and 16 individuals with normal hearing without tinnitus constituted the control group. Both groups were evaluated with the Arizona Sexual Experience Scale and Sexual Life Quality Scale, which were arranged separately for men and women. These data were compared using the Mann Whitney U test. The tinnitus severity determined by the Tinnitus Disability Questionnaire. The Sexual Life Quality Scale scores of the study group were lower than those of the control group (p<0.05). There was no statistically significant difference between the Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale scores of the study group and control group (p>0.05). No significant correlation was found between the Tinnitus Disability Questionnaire and Sexual Life Quality Scale data (r=-0.582, p>0.05). According to the findings obtained in our study, it was concluded that tinnitus severity did not affect sexual functions according to the Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale, but affected the sexual life quality according to the Sexual Life Quality Scale. Keywords: Normal Hearing, Sexuality, Sexual Life Quality, Tinnitus