You have tinnitus: Can you take part and how will you benefit?
If you are a member of the public with tinnitus you can take part if you:
- Are aged 18 or over,
- Have had tinnitus for 3 months or more.
- Are able to read, understand and complete surveys in English.
- You have received or considered trying treatment for your tinnitus.
Which treatments must I have received or considered trying?
They can be any of the types below:
- Sound-based treatments
Electronic devices to make sounds louder (hearing aids) or produce therapeutic sounds to mask or distract from tinnitus.
- Psychology-based treatments
‘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.
- Drug-based treatments
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 these 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 experience of people with tinnitus is not ignored
- To learn and understand how others think about the effects of tinnitus. For example, the opinions of other people with tinnitus, healthcare practitioners and researchers