Tinnitus is considered a symptom of many medical conditions, making its diagnosis and treatment challenging to health care providers (Drugs Aging. 2004;21(5):297; J Clin Neurol. 2009 Mar;5(1):11; Am Fam Physician. 2004 Jan 1;69(1):120; Rehabil Psychol. 2008;53(2):128; Cleve Clin J Med. 2011;78(5):31). Medical intervention may offer reassurance, uncover the cause of the tinnitus, and provide patients with the opportunity for management or treatment (Cleve Clin J Med. 2011). However, those not accessing help for tinnitus have a greater risk of having an undiagnosed hearing problem that may adversely affect their quality of life and health status (Hearing Journal. 2007;60(4):24). This descriptive summary of the literature discusses the available research (published between 1980 and 2016) on the clinical management of tinnitus from a health care provider's perspective.
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