Clinical practice guideline: Tinnitus executive summary

David E. Tunkel, Carol A. Bauer, Gordon H. Sun, Richard M. Rosenfeld, Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, Eugene R. Cunningham, Sanford M. Archer, Brian W. Blakley, John M. Carter, Evelyn C. Granieri, James A. Henry, Deena Hollingsworth, Fawad A. Khan, Scott Mitchell, Ashkan Monfared, Craig W. Newman, Folashade S. Omole, C. Douglas Phillips, Shannon K. Robinson, Malcolm B. TawRichard S. Tyler, Richard Waguespack, Elizabeth J. Whamond

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The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) has published a supplement to this issue featuring the new Clinical Practice Guideline: Tinnitus. To assist in implementing the guideline recommendations, this article summarizes the rationale, purpose, and key action statements. The 13 recommendations developed address the evaluation of patients with tinnitus, including selection and timing of diagnostic testing and specialty referral to identify potential underlying treatable pathology. It will then focus on the evaluation and treatment of patients with persistent primary tinnitus, with recommendations to guide the evaluation and measurement of the impact of tinnitus and to determine the most appropriate interventions to improve symptoms and quality of life for tinnitus sufferers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-541
Number of pages9
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 12 2014

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Funding Information:
Competing interests: David E. Tunkel, occasional consultant for Medtronic. Gordon H. Sun, employed by Partnership for Health Analytic Research, LLC and by UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center; received research grant from Blue Cross BlueShield of Michigan and an honorarium from BMJ Publishing Group. Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, consultant/advisor for Cochlear Corp and Med El Corp; received clinical research funding from Sonitus; shareholder and board member for Scientific Development & Research, Inc. Eugene R. Cunningham Jr, salaried employee of AAO-HNSF. James A. Henry, received research funding from Starkey Corp, ReSound Corp, and Phonak Corp. Craig W. Newman, research funding from Sanuthera, Inc. C. Douglas Phillips, stock options in Medsolutions. Richard S. Tyler, grants from Cochlear Corp and DSE Healthcare; consultant for SoundCure, Orusmedical, and Micro Transponder. Richard Waguespack, consultant for Blue Cross BlueShield of Alabama and for Speakers Bureau TEVA: Respiratory; research funding for a tinnitus treatment modality study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Publisher Copyright:
© American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2014.


  • amplification
  • hearing aids
  • hearing loss
  • quality of life
  • sound therapy
  • tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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