Choosing Wisely:

Don’t order imaging studies in patients with non-pulsatile bilateral tinnitus, symmetric hearing loss, and an otherwise normal history and physical examination.

Rationale and Comments: The utility of imaging procedures in primary tinnitus is undocumented; imaging is costly, has potential for radiation exposure, and does not change management.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
  • Sources:
  • Practice guideline
  • Disciplines:
  • Otolaryngologic
  • References: • Tunkel DE, Bauer CA, Sun GH, Rosenfeld RM, Chandrasekhar SS, Cunningham ER Jr, Archer SM, Blakley BW, Carter JM, Granieri EC, Henry JA, Hollingsworth D, Khan FA, Mitchell S, Monfared A, Newman CW, Omole FS, Phillips CD, Robinson SK, Taw MB, Tyler RS, Waguespack R, Whamond EJ. Clinical practice guideline: tinnitus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;151(S2):S1-40.

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