Learn about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus. Find out about our research into curing tinnitus.
Whilst ringing in the ears is a temporary problem for most people, nearly 5 million people in the UK live with these noises, known as tinnitus, to varying degrees. In some cases, symptoms can be severe and permanent, causing considerable anxiety and distress.
This section of the website features more information on tinnitus and its causes, and on the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus.
Find out how a hearing therapist could help your tinnitus and learn about a technique that might help you get a better night's sleep.
For more information and support on tinnitus, please get in touch with our free Advisory Service.
We fund research with the aim of finding a cure for tinnitus. Here are some examples of work we have funded:
In 2011 we awarded the Pauline Ashley Prize to a study on "Understanding the tinnitus brain at rest", and awarded a Small Project grant to a study of "Cell-type specific neural activity in the auditory cortex of a tinnitus model." We also funded a travel grant to the TRI Tinnitus Conference, and funded a Studentship looking at "Innovative approaches for characterising tinnitus". The Studentship looked at EEG and fMRI measures of spontaneous cognitive activity and inter-regional connectivity in the human brain.
Highlights from earlier years include a Vacation Scholarship grant to study changes in the brain of guinea pigs following noise-induced hearing loss in 2010, a Studentship investigating Tinnitus-relieving sounds for cochlear implant users in 2009, a Small Project looking at Potassium channels as a potential target in 2008, and a Project examining the impact of caffeine withdrawal on tinnitus.