Tinnitus in Review: 2020 (0.1 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs)

AAA 2021 Virtual: Tinnitus in Review: 2020 (0.1 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs)

Presented at AAA 2021 Virtual

Presenter(s): David P. Jedlicka, AuD, Lori Zitelli, AuD and Tricia L. Scaglione, AuD

Duration: 60 minutes

CEUs:  0.10 AAA/Tier 1 CEUS

Instructional Level: Advanced

Program Focus: Knowledge

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web Seminar will be able to:

  1. Describe basic epidemiological information related to tinnitus.
  2. Impart advancements in tinnitus evaluation and management to their patients and colleagues.
  3. Identify trends in current tinnitus research.


Abstract: The American Academy of Audiology Scope of Practice states that Audiologists are qualified to evaluate, diagnose, develop management strategies, and provide treatment and rehabilitation for patients with tinnitus. Tinnitus evaluation, treatment, and research are continually evolving both inside and outside of audiology. This presentation will provide a review of the tinnitus literature published in 2020 with a focus on both clinical and research implications. Attendees will be able to use this information in their clinical settings.

Summary: Tinnitus in Review continues to be a well attended Learning Module offered by AAA.  In 2020, this session was once again selected for inclusion at AAA 2020 in New Orleans, however due to the cancelation of the conference due to COVID-19, AAA requested that this presentation be provided as an eAudiology offering.  Member surveys of Tinnitus in Review found that 94% of attendees strongly agreed or agreed that the session was a satisfying learning experience.  Our goal is to update this session annually and share relevant tinnitus research that was published in 2020.

The presenters of Tinnitus in Review compile all of the tinnitus literature that was published in 2020 and select the most interesting and clinically relevant publications to share with attendees.  The purpose of this presentation is to provide information that can be implemented immediately in the clinic.  This presentation provides a unique opportunity for all attendees, regardless of experience with tinnitus, to enhance their knowledge in this specialty domain.  The dissemination of current, clinically-relevant information will empower attendees who are new to the field of tinnitus to begin evaluating and treating tinnitus while challenging experienced tinnitus practitioners to consider incorporating new, evidence-based developments and strategies into their routine clinical practice. The session always concludes by providing a QR Code link to the attendees so that they may access the entire tinnitus research article list that was compiled by the presenters which includes the articles selected for presentation as well as those that were not included.

The topic of tinnitus is relevant to audiologists because of the number of patients seeking our help when they are suffering from or debilitated by this issue.  However, audiologists are not the only researchers and clinicians that complete scientific studies in the field of tinnitus.  There are often many other healthcare disciplines that research and publish tinnitus based studies which may have an impact in the field of audiology (e.g. otolaryngology, neurology, behavioral health, etc.).  This presentation allows for the collection of tinnitus related publications from audiology related and non-audiology related journals.  The inclusion of non-audiology related publications would allow for the distribution of advancements in tinnitus research from disciplines and journals that many audiologists may not currently consider. 

Ultimately this presentation will allow for all attendees to enhance their knowledge of the most recent evidence-based practice recommendations for tinnitus diagnosis and treatment.  This presentation also will provide attendees with tinnitus research related to: case studies, comorbidities, epidemiology, mechanisms of tinnitus, measurement of tinnitus, pediatrics, and pharmacotherapy.  The last category to be included is the wildcard category which covers some of the most unique, interesting, and non-traditional (in a good way) tinnitus research that is always of great interest to the attendees.


David P. Jedlicka, AuD


Dr. David Jedlicka is a staff audiologist at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently the President of the Association of VA Audiologists. He also serves as the chair of the AAA Membership Committee and is the chair of the AAA Poster Committee.

Disclosure: Financial Disclosures: I do not have any relevant financial relationships with anything to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosures: President of the Association of VA Audiologists, member of AAA, ASHA, and ATA.


Lori Zitelli, AuD, Senior Audiologist , Lab Instructor  University of Pittsburgh

Lori Zitelli is a Senior Audiologist at UPMC. She received her clinical doctorate in Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a part-time lab instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and teaches a Clinical Procedures Lab for first year AuD students. Her special interests include clinical education, tinnitus/decreased sound tolerance evaluation and treatment, clinical research, and interventional audiology. She is an active fellow and volunteer of the American Academy of Audiology and a Trustee of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation.

Disclosure: Financial Disclosures: I do not have any relevant financial relationships with anything to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosures: AAA (member); AAAF (Trustee); ASHA (member)


Tricia L. Scaglione, AuD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Audiologist, University of Miami

Tricia Scaglione, AuD, F-AAA, CCC-A is the Director of the Tinnitus & Sound Sensitivities Clinic and Associate Director of Clinical Education in Audiology for the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Scaglione is an Assistant Professor practicing as a clinic audiologist. Dr. Scaglione has provided clinical education to students at the University of Miami for the past 10 years in the areas of tinnitus and sound sensitivities, auditory and vestibular diagnostics, hearing aids, and AEPs. She is Board Certified in Audiology (ABAC) and served as an invited subject matter expert (SME) for the development of the ABA's Certificate Holder in Audiology Precepting (CH-AP) program. She currently serves as a Board member for the Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA), is involved in numerous committees for AAA, is currently serving on the American Tinnitus Association's (ATA) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Dr. Scaglione is an invited speaker for state, national, and international meetings.

Disclosure: Financial Disclosures: I do not have any relevant financial relationships with anything to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA)- board member American Tinnitus Association (ATA)- scientific advisory committee member


Recorded 06/09/2021
Recorded 06/09/2021
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0.10 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
0.10 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available CEU Certificate