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Release: Aug. 1, 2000

UI will hold annual conference on managing tinnitus

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host the "Eighth Annual Conference on Management of the Tinnitus Patient" Sept. 21-23 in Iowa City. Tinnitus -- ringing or buzzing in the ears -- affects millions of Americans and has no known cure.

The conference will be open to physicians, audiologists, psychologists and nurses who want to learn more about evaluating and managing tinnitus. Physicians and audiologists will be eligible to earn continuing education credits. People with tinnitus may also enroll; however, the conference does not include individualized diagnosis or treatment. Early registration ends Aug. 31.

The program begins with a reception Thursday evening, Sept. 21, with programs offered Sept. 22-23. Scheduled lecture topics include psychology of the tinnitus patient; clinical depression related to the condition; hearing aids and tinnitus maskers; tinnitus and children; habituation therapy; and setting up a tinnitus clinic. In addition, the conference will offer a patient forum on "What I've Done to Make My Tinnitus Better" and practicums on tinnitus measurement, relaxation therapy, biofeedback therapy and psychomotor therapy.

The conference is sponsored by the UI College of Medicine, the UI Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the UI Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the UI College of Liberal Arts, and Audiology and Speech Pathology Services of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Iowa City.

Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., UI professor of otolaryngology, and speech pathology and audiology, and Jay Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of otolaryngology, and physiology and biophysics, are organizing the annual conference, which Tyler started in 1993.

The featured guest speaker will be Robert A. Dobie, M.D., director, Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, who will discuss tinnitus research. Guest faculty from the United Sates and Denmark, as well as UI faculty in the sponsoring departments and family medicine and psychiatry, will also offer instruction.

For more information, contact Cheryl Schlote, conference secretary, at (319) 384-9757 or


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