Tinnitus is an auditory perception without an external acoustical source. Patients often describe the sound as buzzing, ringing, roaring or whistling. Heard as a single sound or as a combination of sounds, it can be perceived to be in one or both ears, inside the head or even outside the ear. It is not an illness, but a symptom that can be associated with up to 200 etiological or correlative risk factors. Tinnitus is most common in men, the elderly, blue-collar workers and people with certain common health problems (arthritis, hypertension, varicose veins and arteriosclerosis) and especially with any degree of hearing loss. Although 6% to 20% of adults, or about 30 million to 40 million Americans, have prolonged tinnitus symptoms, less than 25% of them (1% to 3% of the population) are bothered by their tinnitus.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide speech-language pathologists and audiologists with practical guidelines to recognize symptoms and identify causes and aggravating factors associated with tinnitus. This program will guide audiologists in the assessment and management of tinnitus in their patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the prevalence and health consequences of tinnitus as well as the etiologic or correlative risk factors related to tinnitus
- Discuss why tinnitus sensation and tinnitus suffering are different and largely independent phenomena
- Outline the essential elements in the assessment and management of patients with tinnitus
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Keila A. Baraldi Knobel, Aud, PhD, is a speech-pathologist, audiologist and a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Campinas (Brazil). Ms. Baraldi Knobel has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Maureen Habel, RN, MA, is an award-winning nurse author residing in Seal Beach, Calif. Ms. Habel has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
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