You have professional experience in tinnitus: Can you take part and how will you benefit?
If you have professional experience in tinnitus you can take part if you:
- Are able to read, understand and complete surveys in English.
- Fulfil any of the roles and criteria specified below:
- hold a clinical qualification.
- are currently employed by a public or private institution that provides a tinnitus service to patients.
- have specific experience in initiating or managing adults with chronic subjective tinnitus who use either sound, psychological or drug-based treatment for their tinnitus.
- hold an academic qualification.
- are currently employed by a research organisation.
- have current or ‘recent past’* experience with studies that focus on questions of clinical efficacy (benefit) of a tinnitus treatment in humans, specifically sound, psychological or drug-based treatments.
*‘recent past’ experience is defined as having been a co-author on a relevant peer-reviewed journal publication in the past 3 years.
- are currently employed by a company that develops, manufactures or sells product(s) that may be used for alleviating tinnitus, with specific focus on either sound, psychological or drug-based treatments.
- are currently employed by an organisation that funds tinnitus research.
- have experience of reviewing funding applications for tinnitus research on sound, psychological or drug-based treatments in the last 3 years.
How are we defining sound, psychological and Drug-based treatments for tinnitus?
- Electronic devices to make sounds louder (hearing aids) or produce therapeutic sounds to mask or distract from tinnitus.
- ‘Talking’ or ‘thinking-based’ treatments to deal with how tinnitus makes you feel or ways of managing it. For instance, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness.
- Drugs aimed at improving effects of tinnitus. For instance, depression, anxiety, vertigo and cardiovascular medication. This does not include herbal remedies or dietary supplements.
You will be asked to answer general questions about what you feel is important for one or more of the three main types of treatment, based on your own experiences. The survey will not ask you about whether you liked or disliked these treatments or how well they work or worked.
Please note: Taking part is voluntary. You will not receive any payment for completing the survey.
How may you benefit from taking part?
This study will not test an existing treatment or develop a new treatment for tinnitus but it will help to improve treatment research in the future.
Your contribution in this study will allow us to:
- compare results across studies testing the same types of tinnitus treatment
- identify the best treatments available
In addition to helping us improve future tinnitus research, there could be many other reasons why you may benefit from taking part:
- To have your say on a topic that you consider important
- To speak for others who can’t and to ensure that the opinions of your peer group are not ignored
- To learn and understand how others think about different aspects in tinnitus. For example, the opinions of healthcare practitioners, researchers or members of the public with lived experience of tinnitus.
- To contribute to an international research collaboration that could make a significant impact on the future of tinnitus research
To have a say in the way future tinnitus treatments are assessed, based on the outcomes you feel are most important. This may result in a greater chance of success for the specific types of treatment you feel will be most effective