Initial diagnosis of tinnitus by history and physical exam.
Geriatric Patient Visit
Provide initial assessment of tinnitus.
Tinnitus is the either subjective or objective perception of sound without an identifiable external source. Tinnitus can be described as ringing, buzzing, clicking, roaring, or other sounds and can be either unilateral or bilateral.
1.Understand differences between objective and subjective tinnitus.
2.Understand how to properly assess and examine a patient presenting with tinnitus.
3.Understand how to manage a patient with tinnitus and when to refer to a specialist.
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- Marion MS and Cevette MJ. Tinnitus. Mayo Clin Proc. 66(6): 614-20, 1991 June. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=tinnitus+marion+cevette
- Henderson MC, Lawrence MT and Smetana GW. (2012) The Patient History: An Evidence-Based Approach to Differential Diagnosis, 2e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies.
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