Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Winter 12-31-2020

First Advisor

Antony Joseph, MA, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, CPS/A, F-NAP


Audiology, Tinnitus, Tinnitus Management, Noise-induced Tinnitus, Trauma-induced Tinnitus


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech Pathology and Audiology


Introduction: Tinnitus is the subjective sensation of noise perceived at the peripheral or central level. Occasionally, tinnitus perception may be severe enough to present debilitating effects on daily activities. The occurrence of tinnitus can be related to occupational or non-occupational hazardous noise exposure. Case Presentation: A 60-year-old male presented with bilateral tinnitus with an initial onset at age 21. The progression of his tinnitus has caused disruptions in sleeping patterns and concentration. His history included extensive occupational and non-occupational noise exposure. Discussion: Hearing conservation is an important aspect of facilitating tinnitus management for individuals who have noise-related tinnitus. Hearing aids, sound therapy, counseling, and follow-up are a few discretionary tinnitus rehabilitation tools. Conclusion: Successful tinnitus management calls for audiologists to provide education, support, and personalized intervention for patients. Introduction: Tinnitus has been associated with the incidence of head trauma. Although tinnitus may subside when the trauma resolves, it may continue to persist as well. Case Presentation: A 65-year old female presented with unilateral tinnitus after sustaining a concussion. Discussion: Trauma-induced tinnitus may be more debilitating than other tinnitus etiologies. There are several management approaches available for the treatment of tinnitus, but outcome measures are important tools that may be used to classify and track progression, especially during treatment. Conclusion: Audiologists are very equipped to effectively evaluate and manage individuals who suffer from tinnitus.