Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Fall 10-19-2021

First Advisor

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

Keywords

Audiology, Tinnitus, Tinnitus Management, Noise-induced Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Abstract

Introduction: Tinnitus is characterized by a sporadic or constant ringing, chirping, buzzing, or related characteristics that are perceived auditorily and can range in intensity. Case Presentation: A young adult female with normal hearing sensitivity presented to the clinic with constant unilateral pulsatile tinnitus in the right ear that was intensified with physical activity and caffeine. It was reported as sudden in onset and classified as severely debilitating. After extensive audiologic testing, personalized counseling, and a thorough medical evaluation, the patient received an open-fit monaural hearing aid to promote safe sound therapy and tinnitus habituation. Discussion: Thorough audiologic and medical evaluation, counseling, discussion of intervention options, and monitoring is essential when assisting individuals with tinnitus. Patients should be educated and assured that there are methods to assist in reducing the perception and emotional burden of their tinnitus. Conclusion: Audiologists and related professionals should explore a variety of tinnitus intervention strategies to best serve individuals in need. Introduction: Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a prevalent, yet preventable, condition that can be incurred through various occupational, recreational, and environmental noise exposures. Case Presentation: A middle aged male presented to the clinic with perceived hearing difficulty, tinnitus, and an extensive history of noise exposure. Discussion: Individuals may experience debilitating auditory and non-auditory health consequences related to noise exposure. For workers who are exposed to hazardous occupational noise, hearing conservation programs must be in place to prevent NIHL. For the general public, hearing loss prevention is lacking. Conclusion: Audiologists should engage in community outreach, proactive education, audiometric monitoring, and advise individuals in the community about proper and consistent use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) to expand prevention of NIHL for the public.

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