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AAA 2018: Clinical Assessment of Patients Reporting Tinnitus (0.1 CEUs)

AAA 2018: Clinical Assessment of Patients Reporting Tinnitus (0.1 CEUs)

Presented by James Henry, PhD and Candice Manning, PhD, AuD

CEUs: 0.1

Instructional Level: Fundamental

Two aspects of tinnitus can be assessed as part of a clinical assessment protocol for patients with tinnitus: the perception of tinnitus and reactions to tinnitus. The perception of tinnitus cannot be quantified, although psychoacoustic measures are often used. Reactions to tinnitus are assessed using validated questionnaires and rating scales. For this presentation, the pros and cons of these various forms of tinnitus assessment will be discussed and a defined assessment protocol for audiologists will be suggested.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate patients on the basis of spontaneous, temporary, occasional, intermittent, or constant tinnitus.
  • Determine if a patient’s tinnitus warrants tinnitus-specific intervention.
  • Conduct an audiologic assessment that includes a tinnitus assessment.

James Henry

Research Career Scientiest, VA RR&D National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research

Dr. Henry is a certified audiologist with a doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience. He works as a VA Research Career Scientist at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) located at the VA Portland Health Care System, and is a Research Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University. He has been at the VA for over 31 years, and has conducted tinnitus research almost exclusively for over 25 years. His research focuses on the development of standardized protocols for clinical assessment and management of tinnitus, and conducting randomized controlled trials to assess outcomes of different methods of tinnitus intervention.

Candice Manning

Research Audiologist, VA National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research

Dr. Manning received her Doctors of Audiology and Philosophy from East Carolina University in 2014 where she completed her dissertation on the evaluation and measurement of tinnitus perception through a self-designed smart device application. She completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship with the United States Army Research Laboratory to study the effect of tinnitus on speech intelligibility in noise over military communications headsets. Dr. Manning is currently a post-doctoral research fellow and Research Audiologist at the NCRAR working to establish normative standards to measure the perception of tinnitus. 

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