Tinnitus can be a canary in the coal mine in your patients long-term health. 10 to 15 percent of Americans have it, yet most of them walk away from their health care providers believing there's nothing that can be done for the ringing or buzzing sound in their head. This is a serious problem for two reasons: First, tinnitus alone can significantly impact things like sleep quality, ability to focus at work, and in some cases it can increase risk of suicidal ideation.
Now most tinnitus is not severe or catastrophic but it can really detract from the life that's happening right in front of us; Two, 90% of patients with tinnitus also has a hearing loss, even if the patient isn't aware of it. And we've learned from years of research that unaddressed hearing loss can significantly increase the risk of things like depression, social isolation, reduced earning power, and even fall risk later in life. It is not a good idea to ignore a hearing loss. And hearing loss is caused by a whole host of things like a tumor, infections, vascular and autoimmune conditions, and noise exposure.
We can potentially prevent and treat far more hearing loss and its subsequent tinnitus than you might think. Tinnitus can be modulated by things like anxiety and depression, TMJ, trauma to the head and neck and jaw. I'm Dr. Alexandra deGroot I'm an audiologist and I've created an online continuing education course for healthcare providers of all specialties to understand what tinnitus really is in the effective treatment methods for it, within and outside of your scope of practice. Through real case studies, my clinical experience, and the research literature, I break down the most current models of tinnitus, debunk myths and provide you with tools for tracking it within your clinic. This course is an integrative framework for allopathic and alternative healthcare providers to actually problem-solve non-pulsatile tinnitus its causes and contributors, as well as know when and where to refer. Believe me, your patients are going elsewhere to address this issue if they don't think that you know how to help them.
50 million Americans are suffering from tinnitus and you can do so much more than you've been told!.