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Spotlight on Pain Management

Similarities between Chronic Pain Management and Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM)

by Samantha Boris-Karpel, Ph.D. ; James Henry, PhD ; Paula Myers, Ph.D. ; Caroline Schmidt, PhD ; Tara Zaugg, Au.D.
Seminar date: 2/7/2012

Description: Tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”) is the most prevalent service-connected disability among Veterans (over 800,000 Veterans). Tinnitus and chronic pain share many similarities that have been described in the literature for decades. Like pain, severe tinnitus can affect social, emotional, cognitive, and occupational functioning as well as contribute to the perception that a person’s health is not within his or her control. This team of presenters will describe an evidence-based interdisciplinary management protocol, Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM), that they developed and that is endorsed by VA Central Office. PTM will be described with a focus on pointing out its similarities with pain management. Attendees will learn what to do when a patient complains of bothersome tinnitus.

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