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PTM Clinician Training


Four online training modules on the VA Talent Management System (TMS):

  • Module 1: Overview of Tinnitus and its Management (TMS #37062) is appropriate for all health care providers who are interested in learning more about tinnitus and what can be done about it.
  • Module 2: Tinnitus Assessment and Basic Care  (TMS #39741) describes the basic steps that audiologists take to provide tinnitus care, which is Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) Level 2. This module may be of interest to other health care providers who wish to know what is done by audiologists.
  • Module 3: Clinical Intervention for Tinnitus (TMS #39742) describes PTM Level 3 Skills Education that is provided for patients needing care beyond PTM Level 2. Level 3 is conducted by both audiologists and behavioral health providers. This module may be of interest to other health care providers who wish to learn about Level 3 Skills Education.
  • Module 4Virtual Practicum for Tinnitus Management (TMS # 39743) contains a series of videos depicting a patient going through the five stepped-care levels of PTM. The clinical services are provided primarily by an audiologist and a psychologist. This entertaining module may be of interest to other health care providers who wish to know how PTM services are provided through all of its five levels.

This series of courses is also available for non-VA employees on Employee Education System VHA TRAIN. Click here to register.

These materials were developed by Drs. Jim Henry (National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research), Tara Zaugg (National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research), Paula Myers (James A. Haley VA), and Caroline Schmidt (VA Connecticut Healthcare System). These resources were developed through research grants provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development (VA RR&D) Service.

Progressive Tinnitus Management: From Research to Clinic” Audiology Online, August 4, 2017 (2 hours)

Overview: How do you respond when a patient reports bothersome tinnitus? This presentation will highlight how evidence-based findings using Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) have translated into clinical practice in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Topics covered:

• Existing Tinnitus Management Guidelines (James Henry)
• PTM Protocol: Level 1 & Level 2 (Tara Zaugg)
• PTM Protocol: Level 3 & Beyond (Caroline Schmidt)
• PTM at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (LaGuinn Sherlock)
• PTM at Brooke Army Medical Center (Jennifer Walters)
• PTM at Bay Pines VA Hospital (Katie Edmonds)
• PTM at the James A. Haley VA Hospital (Paula Myers)