Tinnitus, the perception of unwanted sounds coming from the ear, is a symptom, not a disease, and is one of the most common health conditions in the United States. It may occur in people whose hearing ranges from normal to deaf. Persistent tinnitus can affect a person’s mood, leading to general psychological distress and depression. The most common negative effects on quality of life are a sense of annoyance, inability to concentrate, and sleep disturbances. One in 10 adults, or nearly 50 million Americans, have tinnitus symptoms. About 20 million people cope with chronic tinnitus; 2 million have symptoms that are debilitating.
The goal of this program is to provide healthcare professionals with practical guidelines to assess and manage the care of patients with tinnitus. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the prevalence and health consequences of tinnitus
- Describe age-related and pathologic causes of tinnitus
- Outline the essential elements in the assessment of patients with tinnitus and in healthcare interventions
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, massage therapists, pharmacists and physicians.
Massage therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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