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This guideline covers the diagnosis and management of tinnitus in adult patients.
Virtually all adults will experience tinnitus at some point in their life, this is usually self-limiting. Bilateral tinnitus is almost never associated with significant pathology.
The symptom of tinnitus in isolation has no specific Red Flags. Tinnitus can sometimes be associated with other symptoms that meet the Head and Neck 2ww Guidance.
Persistent unilateral tinnitus with or without vertigo, hearing loss or other symptoms may sometimes represent an acoustic neuroma. These patients are now also assessed by the audiology team and should be referred routinely.
Please see Hearing problems in adults guideline
Self-management – see link below
Further information at:
Audiology referrals should be sent to Chime Audiology as paper referrals as this service is not provided on e-Referral Service:Audiology Department, RD&E Hospital Wonford Tel: 01392 402 223/6
Audiology referrals should be sent via e-Referrals
e-Referral Service Selection
This guideline has been signed off on behalf of the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.
Publication date: April 2019
Date Updated: September 2021
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