Research Appeal 2012
Last updated on 19 April 2012
Research into a cure is vital to people with tinnitus. We need your help to end permanent head noise.
Thanks to your donations to our 2011 Research Appeal, we have been able to fund year one of the new two year research programme at University College London’s Ear Institute, which began in November 2011 and follows on from previous BTA funded work. This has led to a greater understanding of tinnitus than ever before. However, more vital work needs to be done and with your continued support this could be possible.
Dr Roland Schaette, the BTA Senior Research Fellow at The Ear Institute – who has tinnitus himself - is a regular contributor to Quiet and you may have read his articles about his research. The current research, which started in November 2011, is planned to take place over two years. This research will enable Roland and his team to:
- test the effects of new chemical compounds upon tinnitus, with the ultimate aim of the development of a tinnitus pill
- research different levels of tinnitus and develop and test treatment approaches
- develop a computer simulation showing why tinnitus does not always correlate with hearing loss, and why tinnitus may sound different in each individual.
Our goal to raise £127,223 for the two year project is ambitious. However, this is a modest amount compared to funding required for many medical research projects.
100% of all donations go directly to the cost of the project, and we have already been successful in securing year one costs, and £10,000 towards year two. We now need to secure £55,728 by November 2012 to ensure that this vital work can continue.
On behalf of people with tinnitus everywhere, I urge you to consider making a gift to support this important research. You can give online at www.tinnitus.org.uk/make-a-donation, or by calling us on 0800 018 0527
For more information, have a look around this special campaign section of our website www.tinnitus.org.uk/tackling-tinnitus or phone the BTA on 0114 250 9933.
Today, as never before, those who are affected by tinnitus have new and very real hope that tinnitus can be treated. Human clinical trials for this potential treatment could begin as early as 2013 if we can raise the funds needed.
We understand that many people are feeling the pressure financially at the moment, but we need to work together to beat tinnitus and we will make very good use of any donation that you can give, and you can be sure that 100% of your gift will go directly towards this research.
“ If a treatment can be found, that would improve the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide. That’s got to be worth supporting, hasn’t it? ” BTA Supporter
With grateful thanks and best wishes
Chief Executive, British Tinnitus Association