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Understanding Tinnitus

This module examines the condition that is tinnitus. It offers essential learning for nurses working in a variety of areas, as it can affect healthy and not-so-healthy individuals, and people of all ages and walks of life.  In fact, nurses may be the first point of contact for many people with tinnitus.

You, as a nurse, may feel that in your role, there aren’t many actions you can take in treating tinnitus. Due to the large nature of this topic, you may feel overwhelmed when patients ask you about it, not knowing where to start. But with an understanding of the key elements of tinnitus, you can be of great help to your patients.

Recognising and understanding tinnitus and its impact on one’s life is crucial in supporting tinnitus patients and giving them hope. Support in this condition is often fundamental in its management, but unfortunately, those with tinnitus often don’t get the support they need.

The module will equip nurses with the knowledge to understand the many causes of tinnitus, through examination of the physiology underlying this condition. The complexity of tinnitus makes it impossible for this module to cover every cause or every aspect of tinnitus, but it is hoped this module will prepare nurses for possible questions about tinnitus and assist them in knowing how to support their patients by giving them a solid basis of understanding

Before undertaking this module, we recommend the learner has already completed The Ear: Anatomy and Physiology module in the Crystal Clear Ears CPD portal to ensure he/she has the base level knowledge and understanding of the ear.  A more detailed anatomy section is also provided within this module.

Endorsed CPD hours: 5

This E-Learning is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 5 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.

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