Tinnitus in Children and Teens

Audiologists are responsible for the assessment and management of tinnitus for patients who present for services.  Although tinnitus can occur at any age, tinnitus in the pediatric population is often overlooked.  It is estimated that as many as 50% of children with sensorineural hearing loss report tinnitus, although accurate data is not available based on current approaches to tinnitus in children.

This presentation will focus on the importance of assessment of tinnitus in children and teens.  Issues related to tinnitus, listening, anxiety, and related factors will be described.  Obtaining case history related to tinnitus in children will be discussed.  Assessment of hearing and listening skills will be highlighted.  Management issues will be presented, including use of cognitive behavioral therapy and use of assistive technology/hearing aid options.  Several cases will be included in order to support the presentation and illustrate considerations for tinnitus assessment and treatment in the pediatric population.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the impact of tinnitus on hearing/listening/learning skills of children and teens.
  2. Discuss assessment protocols for children and teens with tinnitus
  3. Describe management techniques for children and teens with tinnitus.