About 50 million people in the United States suffer with tinnitus, a condition in which people perceive sounds such as ringing or buzzing in their ears or head. It is the number one service-related disability among U.S. veterans.
Yet, there are no consistently applied best practices in how to educate patients about what tinnitus is and options for management, according to a study by University of Miami researchers published September 15 in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare.
Having evidence-based patient education is particularly important in tinnitus, where there is no cure but there are management options that can restore patients’ quality of life, according to study author Tricia Scaglione, Au.D., director of the Tinnitus and Sound Sensitivities Clinic and assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Numerous health care providers, including some ear,