Tinnitus

Tinnitus

United Kingdom Sees a Surge In Ear Damage Cases Among COVID-19 Patients

An increasing number of people in the United Kingdom have developed tinnitus for the first time or have seen their symptoms worsen after having COVID-19, according to a media report.

Tinnitus affects nearly seven million people in the United Kingdom. The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) reported a 256 percent rise in the number of web chats from May to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, while calls to its helpline rose by 16 percent.

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Trilogy of Papers: Audiologist-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

By Hashir Aazh and Ali A. Danesh

Tinnitus is the sensation of sound without any external acoustic source. Hyperacusis is intolerance of certain everyday sounds that causes significant distress and impairment in social, occupational, recreational, and other day-to-day activities (Aazh et al, 2016).

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ONLINE FEATURE | Trilogy of Papers: Audiologist-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

Tinnitus is the sensation of sound without any external acoustic source. Hyperacusis is intolerance of certain everyday sounds that causes significant distress and impairment in social, occupational, recreational, and other day-to-day activities (Aazh et al, 2016).

Topic(s): Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Tinnitus, Hyperacusis

CMS Issues Final 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule

Tables 1-6 see below for APC assignments, status indicators, and reimbursement amounts for audiology codes.  An “S” status indicator denotes a “Separate APC Payment” where regardless of services performed on the same date of service, the CPT code is paid at the APC rate.

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Exciting New Horizons for Tinnitus Research

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation was honored to have James Henry, PhD, as the lecturer for the Topics in Tinnitus Lecture Series at AudiologyNOW! 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Henry is a research career scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) in Portland, Oregon.

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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KNOW HOW | Practice Differentiation Through Tinnitus Management: An Overview for Beginners

With the changing landscape of hearing health care, many audiologists are seeking ways to distinguish themselves and their practices from other dispensing offices and big-box stores. One aspect of patient care that can help differentiate one’s practice from the competition is tinnitus management. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | Tinnitus Management: ABA’s Newest Certificate Holder Program Launching this Fall!

While some audiologists have been conducting tinnitus management since the 1970s, organized clinical tinnitus treatment programs are a relatively new specialty with an evolving literature base. There are clinical guidelines for managing patients with tinnitus; however, there remains a lack of standardization in the field and varied approaches to management. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, American Board of Audiology (ABA), certificate holder-tinnitus management (CH-TM)

Coding and Reimbursement: Telehealth

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Beethoven: His Hearing Loss and His Hearing Aids

The year 2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great classical composer, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). There is no authentic record of his actual date of birth, however the registry of his baptism in the Catholic parish of St. Remigius was on December 17, 1770.


To recognize this historical occasion, Perciaccante et al (2020) provide a review of Beethoven’s hearing loss and his use of hearing instruments of the time.


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Coronavirus: Why We’re Investigating the Long-Term Impact on Hearing

Despite the multitude of ongoing research studies on COVID-19, there are many unknowns about the disease. What is known, however, is that it is more than just a simple lung infection.

Current research suggests that the respiratory system is not the lone organ system bearing long-term effects from the disease. COVID-19 may impact cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems. Coronaviruses also may cause peripheral neuropathy or Guillain-Barré syndrome, both of which could result in auditory neuropathy.

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