Paediatric Tinnitus: Practice Guidance

Contact Name: Veronica Kennedy

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Medical Degree from Trinity College Dublin. Qualifications: BA MB BCh BAO MSc FRCS-Ed(Oto)

Previously worked at: Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital; University Hospital of Wales. Joined Bolton in August 2008.

Professional membership: British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians; British Society of Audiology; Professional Advisory Committee for the British Tinnitus Association

Training Programme Director for the Audiovestibular Medicine Training Programme North West / Trent / Wales Regions.

Special Interests and Research: Tinnitus and balance disorders


Tinnitus in children is a relatively neglected area, from both a research and clinical perspective. Yet prevalence studies suggest that tinnitus is a surprisingly common experience in children (Sheyte and Kennedy 2010). Whilst the majority are untroubled by it, for some, tinnitus causes distress, and affects their lives both at home and at school. Tinnitus can impact upon sleep, concentration and psychological wellbeing (Kentish et al 2000).

The BSA “Tinnitus in Children: Practice Guidance” is intended for a  range of  professionals including audiologists, medical professionals,, hearing therapists, teachers of the deaf, psychologists and mental health professionals.  It offers a practical and child friendly approach to the assessment and management of tinnitus in children, with the aim of enabling others to develop their clinical skills in Paediatric Tinnitus.

Key recommendations from the Practice Guidance will be presented in this lecture, together with some  suggestions for  child friendly interview techniques, and age-appropriate  ways to explain tinnitus to children.

Kentish, R. Crocker S. McKenna L . Children’s experience of tinnitus: a preliminary survey of children presenting to a Psychology Department.  British Journal of Audiology.2000; 34:335 -40.

Sheyte, A. Kennedy V. Tinnitus in children: an uncommon symptom? 2010 Arch Dis. Child. Aug.95 (8)645-8

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