Clinical Practice Guideline: Tinnitus

Clinical Practice Guideline: Tinnitus

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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.

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.

Physician Resources

For Patients

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

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

For Media & Public

Access the guideline via the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

Additional Information

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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.

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.

Physician Resources

  • Published Guideline
  • Executive Summary
  • Podcast
  • Guideline 15-minute Recording
  • Slideset available: Contact Leslie Caspersen lcaspersen@entnet.org for more information
  • Research Needs
  • Pocket Guide and Mobile App - Coming Soon!

For Patients

  • Plain Language Summary
  • 8-Week CBT Program Table
  • Professional Organizations and Support Groups
  • Examples of Sound Therapy Devices
  • Patient Education Discussion Points

For Media & Public

  • Press Release & Fact Sheet
  • Press Coverage
    • ATA
    • HHF