The purpose of this guideline is to provide guidance for evaluating and managing tinnitus.
Audiologists are qualified to evaluate, diagnose, develop management strategies, and provide treatment and rehabilitation for patients with tinnitus. In evaluating and managing tinnitus, it is helpful and worthwhile for audiologists to work in a multidisciplinary team approach.
It is important to consider the entire person, not merely the audiogram and/or the characteristics of tinnitus. There are many factors that can cause and affect tinnitus and its perception that will influence the management plan and outcome of any treatment.
This guideline discusses the evaluation of patients with tinnitus and management procedures including counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, habituation and tinnitus retraining therapy, hearing aids and tinnitus instruments, self-help and support/education groups, and stress management. It also discusses external referrals, outcome measures, and CPT code considerations.
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