Tinnitus

Tinnitus

Can’t Hear Because of this Ringing!

A very common complaint among tinnitus patients is that their hearing is compromised by the presence of tinnitus. If the tinnitus could be cured then they would hear just fine. Recently, Oosterloo et al (2020) sought to address this issue.

Using data from the Rotterdam Study, a population-based cohort study on aging, they compared participants reporting tinnitus to those without tinnitus in subgroups stratified for hearing thresholds on the digits in noise test.

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Tinnitus? Or Notched or Sloped Hearing Loss?

Tinnitus is a heterogenous phenomenon that includes a range of sound percepts, patient reactions, and patient characteristics. It is also not uncommon for patients to complain of tinnitus, but based upon further inquiry to determine their chief complaint is actually hearing loss.


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Lyme Disease Awareness: More Americans at Home...Exposure Is Greater

May is National Lyme disease Awareness Month and, with more Americans at home, infection exposure is greater.

Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not receive reports on everyone contracting Lyme disease, the CDC estimates that there are approximately 329,000 cases per year. The American Academy of Audiology, working closely with the CDC, warns the public to be vigilant in preventing tick interactions.

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COVID-19: Considerations for Treatments Using Quinine Derivatives and Other Ototoxic Compounds

Hydroxychloroquine was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use to treat adults and adolescents with COVID-19.

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Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Treating Tinnitus

Mindfulness-based interventions have recently gained popularity in treating and managing tinnitus-related symptoms, much as in other neurological and psychological conditions. Mindfulness-based therapies refer to a wide range of interventions where an individual’s “mindfulness” practice plays a prominent role. 

Topic(s): Tinnitus, Tinnitus Management, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, mindful

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

Caring for and Comforting Our Patients Through Infection Control

Depending on your setting you may already be seeing patients on a reduced or emergency-based schedule. Some are venturing into tele-health practices to handle day-to-day issues focused on patient education, troubleshooting, and perhaps even aural rehabilitation.

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ABA Certificate Programs in Tinnitus and Audiology

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Specialty Series: Tinnitus

The National Health Interview Survey found that approximately 10 percent of U.S. adults had experienced tinnitus in the 12 months previous to the survey (Bhatt et al, 2016; Shargorodsky et al, 2010). This article reviews codes useful when providing tinnitus services. For clinical guidance, the interested reader is directed to the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Practice Guideline for Tinnitus (Tunkel et al, 2014).

Topic(s): Coding, reimbursment, Tinnitus

JAAA Table of Contents (November/December 2019)

Vol. 30, No. 10 (November/December 2019) of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) is now available online. 

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NPR Podcast Enforces That There Is Still Work to Be Done

In a recent NPR podcast, Dave Davies interviews David Owen, a staff writer for The New Yorker, about his recent book, Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World.

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