AUDITORY AND VESTIBULAR SCIENCE: Edited by Rodney C. Diaz
It is 2015: what is the best way to treat tinnitus? And what is your evidence? I am often asked these questions – in various forms and guises – by patients, otolaryngologists, internists, friends, and family members. And while I feel that I am fairly well informed in this field and therefore might be able to offer up a better than average answer intellectually, the simple fact of the matter is that, whatever answers and solutions we have or think we have, it often feels like our treatment options fall short. Tinnitus – chronic subjective tinnitus – is one of the most prevalent ailments in society today, yet, or perhaps because, we lack a cure, or even a prevailing treatment strategy.
In this year's section on ‘Auditory and vestibular science’, we have the great fortune to have invited some of the world's most distinguished clinicians and scientists in the field of tinnitus research – Dr Berthold Langguth (pp. 361–368), Dr Paul van de Heyning (pp. 369–375), Dr Michael Seidman (pp. 376–381), and Professor Fan-Gang Zeng (pp. 382–387) – to help us answer that question, or at least bring us closer.
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Disclosures: The author declares the following: Organization: California Department of Consumer Affairs; Role: Board Member; Description: Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. Organization: Auris Medical; Role: Investigator; Description: AM-101 Study – TACTT2. Organization: Auris Medical; Role: Investigator; Description: AM-101 Study – AMPACT1.