Evaluation and Management of Challenging Patient Populations in Audiology
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These Perspectives (SIG 6) articles focus on diagnostic tools and
considerations for management of several challenging patient populations in audiology.
The first article discusses utilizing magnetic resonance imaging to determine
the functional and structural neural alterations associated with chronic
tinnitus. Researchers are utilizing advanced imaging techniques to study
variability in perceptual characteristics and reaction to tinnitus. The second
article discusses the continuum of disorders known as “cortical hearing
impairment,” supported by a comprehensive summary of clinical presentations.
Despite its rarity, an audiologist must understand etiologies of cortical
hearing impairment and know how to evaluate and characterize the accompanied
hearing difficulty. The third article examines the effects of concussion of the
vestibular system and presented an assessment battery for athletes
postconcussion and for determining return to play.
You will be able to:
- evaluate advantages and limitations
of advanced brain imaging techniques in identifying the neural mechanisms and
neuroanatomical alterations associated with tinnitus
- discuss the evaluation tools
available for cortical hearing impairment and expected results based on
- analyze dizziness and balance
symptoms and measure objective presentations of vestibular dysfunction in
athletes with postconcussion symptoms