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Release: Sept. 2, 1999
Seventh annual conference on tinnitus to be Sept. 30
- Oct. 2 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ringing or buzzing in the ears
-- a condition known as tinnitus -- affects millions of Americans and can
range from being annoying to debilitating. At least 12 million people need
professional assistance to manage this condition without a known cure. To
help health professionals provide patients with advanced care, the University
of Iowa will host its seventh "Annual Conference on Management of the Tinnitus
Patient" Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.
The only event of its type in North America, the conference
will be open to physicians, audiologists, psychologists and nurses who provide
clinical tinnitus management services. People with tinnitus may also enroll.
Early registration ends Sept. 15. Physicians and audiologists may be eligible
to earn continuing education credits. For more information, contact Cheryl
(319) 384-9757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The conference is a nice opportunity to update professionals
on available tinnitus treatments. In addition, the interaction with other
professionals, as well as patient-participants, is often quite helpful," said
Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., event organizer and UI professor of otolaryngology,
and speech pathology and audiology. "There's still no magic cure for tinnitus
but there are many common sense things that people can do to manage the condition,
including behavior modification."
Participants will be welcomed to this year's event
with a reception on Thursday night,
Sept. 30, followed by two days of presentations Oct. 1 - 2. Sessions include
discussion of behavior modification, such as getting patients to focus on
something they enjoy doing so they don't think about their tinnitus or providing
low levels of background noise or music to redirect their attention. Participants
will also learn about electrical stimulation treatment under investigation
by UI researchers Jay Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology,
and Carolyn J, Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of speech pathology and audiology.
The conference is sponsored by the UI department of
otolaryngology - head and neck surgery, the department of speech pathology
and audiology, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and audiology and speech
pathology services. UI faculty from the departments of family medicine and
psychiatry will also serve as conference faculty.
Jack Vernon, Ph.D., emeritus professor of otolaryngology
at the Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., will be the special guest
of honor. Tyler described Vernon as "one of the first professionals worldwide
who began making direct efforts 20 years ago to provide help for people with
Tyler initiated the annual conference in 1993 when
he saw that professionals in otolaryngology, audiology and psychology were
not always aware of what could be done to help patients with tinnitus. Previously
limited to professionals, the conference began to include patients two years
ago. The event provides patients with more information about tinnitus, however,
individualized diagnosis or treatment is not offered.
"We usually end up with four or five patients as participants,"
Tyler said. "Their insights are often quite helpful in suggesting how professionals
might modify their therapies, and the patients themselves seem to get a concrete
foundation of what treatments are available for them."
In addition to Tyler, UI faculty for the conference
include Paul Abbas, Ph.D., professor of speech pathology and audiology; Bruce
Grantz, M.D., professor and head of otolaryngology; Brian F. McCabe, M.D.,
emeritus professor of otolaryngology; Christy Novak, Ph.D., clinical psychologist
in speech pathology; Richard J. Smith, M.D., professor of otolaryngology;
Catherine Woodman, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry; and David Young,
biofeedback therapist in family medicine.
Editors: This release is about a conference designed
for audiology and medical professionals but open to the public with a Sept.
15 registration date. Professor Richard Tyler will not be available for interviews,
but we can put reporters in touch with Abby Wolaver, UI audiologist in otolaryngology,
or Cheryl Schlote, secretary in otolaryngology, for additional information.