Tinnitus is one of the topics I'm asked to speak on most often. Tinnitus can be debilitating for some persons, seriously impacting on quality of life. Fortunately, most audiologists can provide plenty of help to most patients with tinnitus. And, tinnitus experts can provide evidence-based hope to all persons with debilitating tinnitus. My clinical interest and experience with tinnitus goes back to the mid-1990s following conversations with my friend and colleague, David Baguley of Cambridge England. After taking the rather intensive workshop offered by Pawel Jastreboff in 1997 (attended also by my close friend the late Roger Ruth), I developed a busy Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic at Vanderbilt University. Naturally, I did the same at the University of Florida immediately upon my arrival in 2000.
On this page you can access one of my recent PPT presentations on tinnitus, along with a few simple papers. You'll find another Page on the related problem of hyperacusis (intolerance to everyday loud sounds). You can also find lots of good information about tinnitus at the web sites for the American Tinnitus Association (www.ata.org) and the American Academy of Audiology (www.audiology.org). If you are a prospective patient with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis, and you are interested in clinical services at the University of Florida clinic, you can schedule an appointment or get more information by calling: 352-273-5555 or visiting the web site: www.slhs.phhp.ufl.edu.
TINNITUS AND HYPERACUSIS: GOOD NEWS FOR BAD PROBLEMS
Abstract: Tinnitus and/or hyperacusis can be debilitating health problems for a sizable proportion of persons. In this presentation current explanations and theories for the mechanisms underlying tinnitus and hyperacusis are first reviewed. Then, a clinically feasible protocol for audiologic assessment or each problem is presented, followed by guidelines for effective management. Main points are highlighted with original clinical findings and case reports.