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Smartphone Apps in the Context of Tinnitus: Systematic Review

Institute of Distributed Systems, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm, Germany
Department of Psychology, University of Zürich, Box 1, CH-8050 Zürich, Switzerland
Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 93053 Regensburg, Germany
URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging, University of Zürich, Box 2, CH-8050 Zürich, Switzerland
Institute of Databases and Information Systems, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Sensors 2020, 20(6), 1725;
Received: 7 February 2020 / Revised: 13 March 2020 / Accepted: 17 March 2020 / Published: 19 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue mHealth Platform and Sensors)
Smartphones containing sophisticated high-end hardware and offering high computational capabilities at extremely manageable costs have become mainstream and an integral part of users’ lives. Widespread adoption of smartphone devices has encouraged the development of many smartphone applications, resulting in a well-established ecosystem, which is easily discoverable and accessible via respective marketplaces of differing mobile platforms. These smartphone applications are no longer exclusively limited to entertainment purposes but are increasingly established in the scientific and medical field. In the context of tinnitus, the ringing in the ear, these smartphone apps range from relief, management, self-help, all the way to interfacing external sensors to better understand the phenomenon. In this paper, we aim to bring forth the smartphone applications in and around tinnitus. Based on the PRISMA guidelines, we systematically analyze and investigate the current state of smartphone apps, that are directly applied in the context of tinnitus. In particular, we explore Google Scholar, CiteSeerX, Microsoft Academics, Semantic Scholar for the identification of scientific contributions. Additionally, we search and explore Google’s Play and Apple’s App Stores to identify relevant smartphone apps and their respective properties. This review work gives (1) an up-to-date overview of existing apps, and (2) lists and discusses scientific literature pertaining to the smartphone apps used within the context of tinnitus. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile health; smartphone apps; tinnitus research; biomedical and health informatics mobile health; smartphone apps; tinnitus research; biomedical and health informatics
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Mehdi, M.; Riha, C.; Neff, P.; Dode, A.; Pryss, R.; Schlee, W.; Reichert, M.; Hauck, F.J. Smartphone Apps in the Context of Tinnitus: Systematic Review. Sensors 2020, 20, 1725.

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