Tinnitus in the Courtroom
By Dennis A. Colucci, AuD, MA
The advent of the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has advanced tinnitus research to go beyond the gross identification of tinnitus cohorts to a more refined evaluation of the brain networks that constitute tinnitus symptoms. This is especially useful in the medical-legal arena, where establishing the existence of tinnitus can be difficult because of the absence of a known objective test to identify tinnitus, resulting in potential compensation and malingering for a defendant or plaintiff.
Challenges in Objective Diagnosis