Tinnitus research, advances in technology, and proven approaches to treatment have led to a resurgence of interest in this area of hearing care. Guest editor Brian Fligor, ScD, has organized a team of leading experts to address several current issues in this 4-part webinar series, including: tinnitus management with teens; selecting and fitting tinnitus devices, research showing the elimination of sound- and drug-induced tinnitus in animal models, and a care path for patients with tinnitus. It is designed to help audiologists stay current on recent developments in tinnitus research and to support best practices in tinnitus management.
Course created on August 2, 2016
- After this course learners will be able to describe the difference between the teenage brain and adult brain as relates to executive function, explain how to establish a hearing loss prevention program which mitigates risk for noise-induced tinnitus, or exacerbation of an existing noise-induced tinnitus and explain how to modify existing audiological management approaches to better suit the needs of a teenager.
- After this course learners will be able to define the role of sound therapy as part of the tinnitus/sound sensitivity management plan, explain when each type of device (hearing aid, sound generator, combination unit) would be used as part of the management plan for patients with tinnitus and sound sensitivity and describe the differences between fitting hearing aids for hearing loss and fitting hearing aids for tinnitus and sound sensitivity management.
- After this course learners will be able to describe current research on eliminating the perception of tinnitus, describe how current animal research regarding tinnitus relates to human subjects and explain the effectiveness of different treatment options based on their influence on perception of tinnitus.
- After this course learners will be able to describe components of a care path for management of tinnitus, explain which health-care providers should be included in the multi-disciplinary team and identify key points to include in a PowerPoint interactive presentation to educate patients about tinnitus.
|0-60 Minutes||Tinnitus Management with Teens|
|60-120 Minutes||One Size Does Not Fit All: Selecting and Fitting Devices for Tinnitus Management|
|120-180 Minutes||Could Tinnitus Be Cured? Bench to Bedside Research|
|180-240 Minutes||Care Path for Patients with Tinnitus|
Brian J. Fligor
Brian J. Fligor, Sc.D., is a board certified audiologist and holds a pediatric audiology specialty certification (PASC). He is chief audiology officer at Lantos Technologies, Inc., a private medical device company developing novel technology to help those with hearing loss. Fligor is also founder and principal audiologist of Boston Audiology Consultants, Inc., an audiology clinical and consulting practice in metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts. He has held numerous faculty appointments at audiology programs and medical schools, including Assistant Professor in the department of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School and faculty member of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) program while he served as director of diagnostic audiology at Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston, MA) from 2005 – 2013. In these roles, he developed and taught courses in pediatric audiology, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and management of hearing loss in newborns. He is currently adjunct faculty in the audiology training programs at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and Salus University (Elkins Park, PA). Fligor has authored 22 papers in peer-reviewed medical/scientific journals, 8 book chapters in general audience books and medical/scientific textbooks, given over 100 invited presentations at national and international medical and audiology conferences, and is a regular contributor to national news outlets on topics of hearing loss in children and noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
Dr. Jennifer Martin earned her degrees at UC Santa Barbara, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and AT Still University. She currently holds a faculty position at the National University of Singapore, where she teachers master's degree students. She also works at the National University Hospital in Singapore as a senior audiologist. Previously, she worked as a senior tinnitus specialist at the Oregon Health & Science University. Her clinical interests include tinnitus evaluation and management, management of special auditory disorders, and hearing health promotion. Her research interests include the neuropharmacoloy of tinnitus, hearing health promotion in tribal communities and noise-induced hearing loss prevention in children.
Edward Lobarinas, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at University of Texas, Dallas. Dr. Ed Lobarinas is one of the leading researchers on animal models of tinnitus and functional changes in hearing after drug or noise-induced hearing loss. His research is primarily based on the role of hearing loss in the development of tinnitus and how inner ear damage affects higher auditory function such as hearing in noise. Dr. Lobarinas is known for his work in developing animal models of tinnitus, tinnitus treatment and the effects of inner hair cell loss on hearing. He has been recognized by the American Academy of Audiology as a Jerger Future Leader of Audiology in 2014 and has received grants from the National Institute of Health, the American Tinnitus Association, and the Tinnitus Research Initiative. He also has received industry grants to study the efficacy of hearing protection devices and the effect of sound suppression on firearms as a means to reduce the effects of impulse noise exposure. Dr. Lobarinas earned his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and his master's and doctoral degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Sharon A. Sandridge, Ph.D. is currently Director, Audiology Clinical Services and Co-Director, Tinnitus Management Clinic, and Audiology Research Lab (ARL) at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Sandridge received her BA and MA from the University of Akron and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Her primary clinical and research interests include the areas of tinnitus, amplification, electrophysiology and precepting. She and her colleague, Dr. Craig Newman, have completed a number of funded-research projects and have authored a number of articles in these areas.
Jennifer Martin: Financial: Jennifer Martin is employed by the National University of Singapore. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Jennifer Martin has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Edward Lobarinas: Financial: Edward Lobarinas is employed by the University of Texas. He has received grants from the National Institute of Health, the American Tinnitus Association, and the Tinnitus Research Initiative. He also has received industry grants for research. Dr. Lobarinas received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: Edward Lobarinas has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sharon Sandridge: Financial: Sharon Sandridge is employed by the Cleveland Clinic. She has completed funded-research projects and has authored articles on tinnitus, amplification, electrophysiology and precepting. She received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: Sharon Sandridge has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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