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Clinical Practice Guideline: Tinnitus

Clinical Practice Guideline: Tinnitus

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The guideline was published as a supplement in the October 2014 issue of Otolaryngology–—Head and Neck Surgery.

The purpose of this guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations for clinicians managing patients with tinnitus.  The target audience is any clinician, including non-physicians, involved in managing these patients. Patients with tinnitus will often be evaluated by a variety of healthcare providers including primary care clinicians, specialty physicians, and non-physician providers such as audiologists and mental health professionals. The target patient population is limited to adults (18 years and older) with primary tinnitus that is persistent and bothersome.

Leadership: David E. Tunkel, MD, (Chair), Carol A. Bauer, MD, (Assistant Chair), Gordon H. Sun, MD, MS (Assistant Chair), Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH (Methodologist)

Guideline Development Group: Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD; Eugene R. Cunningham Jr., MS; Sanford M. Archer, MD; Brian W. Blakely, MD, PhD; John M. Carter, MD; Evelyn C. Granieri, MD, MPH, MSEd; James A. Henry, PhD; Deena Hollingsworth, RN, MSN, FNP; Fawad A. Khan, MD; Scott Mitchell, JD,CPA; Ashkan Monfared, MD; Craig W. Newman, PhD; Folashade S. Omole, MD; C. Douglas Phillips, MD; Shannon K. Robinson, MD; Malcolm B. Taw, MD; Richard S. Tyler, PhD; Richard Waguespack, MD; Elizabeth J. Whamond.

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In 2012 the ABIM Foundation launched Choosing Wisely® with a goal of advancing a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.

Choosing Wisely centers around conversations between providers and patients informed by the evidence-based recommendations.

Access the AAO-HNSF Choosing Wisely List of 10 Things Providers and Patients Should Question

The utility of imaging procedures in primary tinnitus is undocumented; imaging is costly, has potential for radiation exposure and does not change management.

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