Two journal self-studies examine assessment and treatment strategies for tinnitus.
Earn 0.6 ASHA CEUs by completing both courses.
Tools for Assessing Tinnitus (0.35 ASHA CEUs)
Available through March 7, 2018
Tinnitus, commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” occurs for a variety of reasons and may be temporary, intermittent, or constant. The presence of tinnitus may have a significant life impact, depending on the severity of the tinnitus, personality factors, and other issues that affect the person’s daily activities. As there is no instrumental method to assess tinnitus at this time, questionnaires are commonly used to determine the presence and severity of tinnitus and to inform intervention. This journal self-study explores a number of tinnitus screening tools that have been developed to improve existing evaluation processes and increase assessment options. Audiologists who work with adults with tinnitus will learn more about available instruments, including how to access them, if possible, as well as factors to consider when counseling individuals with this disorder.
You will be able to:
- explain the types of tinnitus, causes, and how it is diagnosed
- describe how tinnitus may impact a person’s daily functioning
- list some of the more commonly used tinnitus assessment tools
- identify at least three factors that need to be taken into account when considering the use of a tinnitus screener
Strategies for Reducing Tinnitus Distress (0.25 ASHA CEUs)
Available through May 11, 2018
Intermittent or chronic tinnitus can negatively impact a person’s quality of life, particularly if the person is highly sensitive to the ringing in his or her ears or has difficulty accepting the condition. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are a variety of treatment options, ranging from self-help interventions and face-to-face counseling to more invasive treatments, including the use of cochlear implants. This journal self-study starts with a discussion of the situations in which patients report increased or decreased tinnitus and how acceptance of tinnitus affects tinnitus distress and anxiety. It then describes the use of cochlear implants to more directly address tinnitus and an Internet-based treatment to target psychological and emotional aspects of living with the disorder. Audiologists will be able to use this information to help identify possible ways to decrease tinnitus and increase tolerance and acceptance of the bothersome condition.
You will be able to:
- discuss the ways that tinnitus may affect a person’s quality of life
- describe the situations that may contribute to increasing or lessening tinnitus
- explain how different treatment methods may affect tinnitus distress and acceptance
- discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of in-person and Internet-based tinnitus treatment options and outcomes
What is a Best Buy?
A Best Buy is a collection of courses. In one transaction, you get access to two journal self-studies. You can complete each self-study and complete the learning assessment to earn CEUs at your leisure.
What is a Journal Self-Study?
A journal self-study is a set of articles from ASHA's peer-reviewed, scholarly journals and policy documents to read at your leisure. Some journal self-studies are online and others include a printed copy.
Online, multiple-choice exam