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A Review on Tinnitus and Counseling

Posted by Quin Card, Au.D, CCC-A on 8/18/17 10:15 AM

Buzzing, hissing, ringing, swooshing, crackling, clicking, pulsing, roaring, and the list goes on. All descriptions heard from patients complaining of tinnitus, usually a completely subjective description of a presence of noise in the ear/s. If the patient is referred to an ENT, and then sent back with no major finding explaining the tinnitus, what’s the next best step? The intent of this article is to provide a brief review of tinnitus and best practices for tinnitus evaluation, as well as a discussion of tinnitus counseling.

Our patients are not alone. A study by Davis and Refaie in 2000, estimated 10% - 15% of the US population experiences chronic or persistent tinnitus. Several studies have confirmed the relationship between hearing loss and tinnitus (Axelsson & Barrenas, 1992; Davis & Refaie, 2000; and Meikle, 1991). In 2007, Kochkin reported more than 22 million adults with hearing loss in the United States delay or avoid a hearing solution.

As hearing health professionals with a goal of helping patients toward better hearing, it is interesting to note Kochkin went on to report 39% of this population indicated they had not sought help for their hearing loss specifically because they concurrently had tinnitus. With the prevalence of patients hesitant to be seen because of their tinnitus, it is important to have a knowledge of this topic to be prepared to help them when they do seek help.

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Topics: Tinnitus

Practical Hearing Aid Test Box Applications

Posted by Greg Ollick Sr., M.A. on 8/15/17 4:38 PM

Many dispensing audiologists have both a real ear measurement (REM) system and a hearing aid test box. With the exception of pediatric audiologists who use the test box to perform “simulated” REM, the test box is seldom (if ever) used. I have visited facilities and opened the test box only to find lots of dust and dozens of old batteries and paper clips inside. This situation is understandable, because many of these systems only provide for the standard “ANSI” hearing instrument test battery. One is expected to run this battery of tests with the hearing aid gain turned up and the compression and noise reduction features switched off. The results are then supposed to be compared to the results of the same test battery that was performed on the hearing instrument at the factory. Almost all dispensers find this very cumbersome and time consuming with little practical application in the “real world.”

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Topics: Hearing Aids

Welcome to Hear it Now!

Posted by Adam Dawson on 8/11/17 4:38 PM

Are you a professional audiologist looking for the latest research, developments, and opinions on hearing healthcare best practices? Do you have a passion for helping others overcome hearing and balance disorders so they can live happy and healthy lives? Does nothing tickle your fancy more than learning the inner workings of the human ear and how you can better diagnose and treat disease? If you replied “yes” to one or all of the above, then you’re in the right place!

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