Interprofessional Practice and Education Supports Tinnitus Management Tinnitus has the potential to influence a wide range of routine and important activities in a person's life. It can impair sleep, communication, concentration, and in severe cases can be affected by depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Perhaps more important, tinnitus may influence the patient's psychological state; its ... Article
Article  |   October 26, 2016
Interprofessional Practice and Education Supports Tinnitus Management
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Marc Fagelson
    Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
    James H. Quillen Mountain Home Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
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  • Financial: Marc Fagelson is Director of Audiology, Assistant Chair, and Professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at East Tennessee State University, and a Consultant at the James H. Quillen Mountain Home VAMC.
    Financial: Marc Fagelson is Director of Audiology, Assistant Chair, and Professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at East Tennessee State University, and a Consultant at the James H. Quillen Mountain Home VAMC.×
  • Nonfinancial: Marc Fagelson has previously published in this subject area. Some of these works are referenced in this piece.
    Nonfinancial: Marc Fagelson has previously published in this subject area. Some of these works are referenced in this piece.×
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Hearing Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   October 26, 2016
Interprofessional Practice and Education Supports Tinnitus Management
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2016, Vol. 1, 5-12. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG7.5
History: Received May 4, 2016 , Revised July 29, 2016 , Accepted July 30, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2016, Vol. 1, 5-12. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG7.5
History: Received May 4, 2016; Revised July 29, 2016; Accepted July 30, 2016

Tinnitus has the potential to influence a wide range of routine and important activities in a person's life. It can impair sleep, communication, concentration, and in severe cases can be affected by depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Perhaps more important, tinnitus may influence the patient's psychological state; its bidirectional effects, although well established, often challenge patients and providers across a variety of clinical settings. Management of tinnitus requires audiologists to be adept at communicating and supporting coping strategies that may include, but should not be limited to, patient-centered counseling and delivery of sound therapy or hearing aids. In the short term, patient care may benefit from interprofessional collaborations and effective referral networks. In the long term, the inclusion of tinnitus clinic rotations, classes, and interprofessional opportunities for students in Audiology programs should provide AuD students the experiences and competencies to provide for patients with tinnitus.

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