Health Professionals

Welcome to ATA

Visiting the American Tinnitus Association's website is an important step for those diagnosing and treating patients with tinnitus. By seeking knowledge about this often-devastating condition, you demonstrate an interest in caring for tinnitus patients, using new tools and exploring helpful information.

Too often, tinnitus patients contacting ATA say they've heard – once again – those dreaded words from their health professional: "You just have to learn to live with it." Far from being helpful, this phrase increases the isolation and frustration they already feel. They are looking for something that will "stop" the noise or at least help them better manage it – they are looking for hope and answers. 

The #1 Source for Tinnitus Knowledge

ATA has a number of ways you can learn about tinnitus care and provide helpful resources for your patients:

Opportunity to Help Tinnitus Patients

Health care professionals have the opportunity to help tinnitus patients learn how to cope, manage and treat their tinnitus. Tinnitus patients need so much more than just a diagnosis or physical evaluation. They need advice on their health care options, encouragement to try different treatments, and a commitment from you that help and hope are available. 

ATA's Professional Membership Program

Join this exciting program and be recognized on the ATA website and other publications as a professional concerned with tinnitus treatment and research, learn from interaction with experts in the field, obtain materials for your patients and personnel and much more.

Thank you for visiting the ATA website, and thank you for providing tinnitus patients with quality health care resources. Another resource for you is the Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA) which offers continuing education for audiologists interested in learning more about tinnitus and bringing tinnitus treatments into their own practices.

News for Tinnitus Health Professionals

A New Guide for Managing a Balance Disorders Practice

Thieme has recently published the second edition of Vestibular Function: Clinical and Practice Management, a book that includes detailed information on dizziness and balance disorders, as well as essential information on how to establish and run a balance disorder clinic.

Author Alan L. Desmond, AuD, CCC-A, founder and director of the Blue Ridge Hearing and Balance Clinic in Princeton, WVa, has updated the edition with appendices of essential reference material and practice resources.

Desmond also offers a new chapter on fall prevention, as well as his advice for fostering the cooperation of audiologists and otolaryngologists when dealing with vertigo and imbalance.

"The goal of this book [is] that through familiarity with current evidence, the reader becomes more comfortable, more interested, more competent, and ultimately more effective in dealing with the dizzy patient," says Desmond, in the book’s press announcement.

SOURCE: Thieme Publishing Group

Tinnitus Treatment Outcomes - A Patient's Perspective (Survey)

"By analyzing outcomes from the patient's perspective, we hope to provide professionals with evidence to convince people to skip many of the treatments that have shown no benefit and move directly to treatments that have proved beneficial. By looking at the progression and amount of time the various treatments were tried, we  evaluated the migration from relief of symptoms to management of tinnitus."

Read more about this tinnitus patient survey conducted by Malvina Levy, Au.D., Tracy Peck, Au.D. and Rupa Balachandran, Ph.D. of the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California here.

Acceptable Noise Levels in Hyperacusic Individuals (Survey)

"This is an exploratory study in evaluating the ANL (Acceptable Noise Levels) for individuals who report hyperacusis. We compared their results to normal hearing participants who reported no unusual sensitivity to sounds ... We wanted to see if an acceptance of background noise protocol such as the ANL would help define hyperacusis.  In addition, this information could be helpful for the desensitization process and as an outcome measure following treatment for hyperacusis.

Read more about this survey conducted by Malvina Levy, Au.D., Tracy Peck, Au.D. and Rupa Balachandran, Ph.D. of the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California here.

TRI Flowchart for Patient Management now online!

“Tinnitus management is a challenge. One reason is, that tinnitus can be a symptom of a wide range of different underlying pathologies and can be accompanied by many different co-morbidities. This is clearly indicating the need for comprehensive multidisciplinary diagnostic assessment.”

Thus, the Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) Tinnitus Clinic Network has developed the "TRI Flowchart for Patient Management", an interactive PDF-document for health care professionals based on careful research, performed in 2008 and further updated since. First presented in 2009 during the 3rd TRI Meeting in Stresa, Italy, the flowchart is now available on TRI’s website at www.tinnitusresearch.org for anyone to view.

The authors of the Flowchart hope that this will contribute to a better diagnosis and treatment for tinnitus patients. They welcome feedback; please send comments and suggestions to info@tinnitusresearch.org.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Resources

American Academy of Audiology
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Tinnitus Practitioners Association