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Multidisciplinary Tinnitus Care

      Highlights

      • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is a chronic symptom for at least 1 in 10 adults.
      • Standards of clinical care for tinnitus management do not exist.
      • There is no cure for tinnitus, but functional effects of tinnitus can be managed.
      • Recommendations are given to provide patients with tinnitus-care information.
      • A toolkit of resources is provided to facilitate dispensing tinnitus information.

      Abstract

      Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is highly prevalent, and yet standards of clinical care for tinnitus do not exist. Consequently, tinnitus clinical care is haphazard, leaving individuals seeking help for their tinnitus at a disadvantage. These individuals need accurate information about the realities of tinnitus management, which should be made available by health care providers. This report reviews the key concerns related to clinical care for tinnitus and provides recommendations for all health care practitioners to provide their patients with useful and cost-effective information. A toolkit of resources is provided to facilitate the process of dispensing this information.

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      Biography

      James Henry, PhD, is a Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Rehabilitation Research and Development Senior Research Career Scientist, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland Health Care System, and research professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR. He can be contacted at [email protected] .

      Biography

      Libba Reed McMillan, PhD, RN, is an associate professor at the School of Nursing, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

      Biography

      Candice Manning, PhD, AuD, is a research investigator at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland Health Care System, and an assistant professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR.