The University of Iowa, Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, will hold its Eighteenth Annual Conference on Management of the Tinnitus Patient, from September 16 to 18, 2010, to provide a review of current evaluation and management strategies for the treatment of tinnitus.

The conference is intended for otologists, audiologists, psychologists, and nurses who provide clinical management services for patients with tinnitus. It will also provide information to patients who have tinnitus, their family, and friends, but will not include individual diagnosis and treatment. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to discuss the management of tinnitus and the tinnitus patient, say the sponsors.

Guest of honor Gerhard Andersson, PhD, (Sweden), will present:
Are there differences in the psychology between people with and without tinnitus?
Treatments that work for people with tinnitus

Special Presentations
Carol Bauer, MD, will present:
Changing the loudness and severity of tinnitus with sound therapy

Tom Brozoski, PhD, will present:
Neurotransmitters and tinnitus via magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Christina T. Stocking, AuD, will present:
Setting Up a Tinnitus Clinic

Industry Representatives
Michael Piskosz, MS, ReSound Global Audiology

Ed Desporte, MA, General Hearing Instruments

Rick Giancola, Neuromonics Pty Ltd

University of Iowa Faculty
Matthew Howard, MD, neurosurgeon
Marlan Hansen, MD, neurotologist
Rich Tyler, PhD, audiologist
Catherine Woodman, MD, psychiatrist
Shelley Witt, MA, audiologist

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Tentative Program:
Thursday, September 16
6:00-7:30 pm Welcome reception

Preliminary Program
Friday, September 17
Welcome and Overview
Medical Evaluation
Surgery and Medications
Neurophysiological Models of Tinnitus
Psychiatric Factors in Tinnitus Treatment
Tinnitus Psychoacoustical Measurements
Electrical Stimulation of the Brain
Barbecue at The Secrest, 1883 Octagonal Barn

Saturday, September 18
Sound Therapies, including Hearing Aids and Music
Setting up a Tinnitus Clinic
Tinnitus Activities Treatment
Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Tinnitus
Manufacturers Forum
Patient Forum

Practicum—Concurrent 20 minute sessions
Tinnitus Measurement
Counseling and Patient Education
Setting up a Tinnitus Clinic

Continuing Education Credits
The University of Iowa is the State of Iowa licensure of audiologists sponsor Booth #143. They will provide a certificate verifying participants’ attendance, the program content, and the number of hours participants have attended to assist with CEU requirements in individual states.

Travel: The Cedar Rapids Airport is 20 miles north of Iowa City. Shuttle service via Airport Shuttle Service to Iowa City is available (phone: (800) 725-8460 or (319) 337-2340).
Parking rates at the University Hospital: Friday, $2/hour, max $12/day; Saturday, $.75/ hour, max of $12/day.

Lodging: The Heartland Inn (800) 334-3277) ext 19 or (319) 351-8132, 87 2nd St Coralville.

[Source: University of Iowa]