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Tinnitus: non-invasive, non-pharmacologic treatments

Status: Decision completed.

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Policy context

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. There are a variety of potential non-drug treatments for the condition, but the long and short-term effectiveness of these treatments is not certain. Treatments to be considered include tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), tinnitus feedback therapy (TFT), and other combinations of noise-masking and cognitive therapy. This topic is proposed based on concerns related to the safety, efficacy and value of the test.

Primary criteria ranking

Safety = Medium

Efficacy = High

Cost = High

Assessment timeline

  • Draft key questions published: October 8, 2019
  • Public comment period: October 10 to 23, 2019
  • Final key questions published: November 7, 2019
  • Draft report published: February 26, 2020
  • Public comment period: February 26 to March 26, 2020
  • Final report published: April 13, 2020
  • HTCC public meeting: May 15, 2020