A prize of £250 is awarded each year for the published research paper by a UK based author most likely to result in improved treatment or public awareness of tinnitus. The Marie & Jack Shapiro Prize is intended to encourage researchers, public communicators and others to develop an interest in tinnitus and to recognise their efforts.


This prestigious award is presented each year at the BTA Annual Conference. Material is considered each summer by our Professional Advisers' Committee which then advises the BTA Council of Management.

The shortlist for 2019 is: 

Aazh H, Moore BCJ. Effectiveness of Audiologist-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Rehabilitation: Outcomes for Patients Treated in Routine PracticeAm J Audiol. 2018 Dec 6;27(4):547-558. doi: 10.1044/2018_AJA-17-0096.

Aazh H, Langguth B, Danesh AA. Parental separation and parental mental health in childhood and tinnitus and hyperacusis disability in adulthood: a retrospective exploratory analysis. Int J Audiol. 2018 Dec;57(12):941-946. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1514470. Epub 2018 Oct 1.

Aazh H, Danesh AA, Moore BCJ. Parental Mental Health in Childhood as a Risk Factor for Anxiety and Depression among People Seeking Help for Tinnitus and HyperacusisJ Am Acad Audiol. 2018 Nov 16. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.18001. [Epub ahead of print]

Aazh H, Salvi R. The Relationship between Severity of Hearing Loss and Subjective Tinnitus Loudness among Patients Seen in a Specialist Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Therapy Clinic in UK. J Am Acad Audiol. 2018 Nov 8. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.17144. [Epub ahead of print]

Aazh H, McFerran D, Moore BCJ. Uncomfortable loudness levels among children and adolescents seeking help for tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. Int J Audiol. 2018 Aug;57(8):618-623. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1453617. Epub 2018 Apr 24.

Aazh H, Moore BCJ. Proportion and characteristics of patients who were offered, enrolled in and completed audiologist-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for tinnitus and hyperacusis rehabilitation in a specialist UK clinic. Int J Audiol. 2018 Jun;57(6):415-425. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1431405. Epub 2018 Feb 7.

Aazh H, Moore BCJ. Thoughts about Suicide and Self-Harm in Patients with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis. J Am Acad Audiol. 2018 Mar;29(3):255-261. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.16181.

Abbas Y, Smith G, Trinidade A. Audiologist-led screening of acoustic neuromas in patients with asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss and/or unilateral tinnitus: our experience in 1126 patients. J Laryngol Otol. 2018 Sep;132(9):786-789. doi: 10.1017/S0022215118001561. Epub 2018 Sep 10. 

Ainscough E, Smith SN, Greenwell K, Hoare DJ. Findings and Ethical Considerations From a Thematic Analysis of Threads Within Tinnitus Online Support Groups. Am J Audiol. 2018 Nov 19;27(3S):503-512. doi: 10.1044/2018_AJA-IMIA3-18-0013.

Berger JI, Owen W, Wilson CA et al. Gap-induced reductions of evoked potentials in the auditory cortex: A possible objective marker for the presence of tinnitus in animalsBrain Res. 2018 Jan 15;1679:101-108. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2017.11.026. Epub 2017 Nov 28.

Beukes EW, Andersson  G, Allen PM et al. Effectiveness of Guided Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Face-to-Face Clinical Care for Treatment of Tinnitus: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Dec 1;144(12):1126-1133. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2238.

Beukes EW, Allen PM, Baguley DM et al. Long-Term Efficacy of Audiologist-Guided Internet-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Tinnitus. Am J Audiol. 2018 Nov 19;27(3S):431-447. doi: 10.1044/2018_AJA-IMIA3-18-0004.

Funnel JP, Craven CL, Thompson SD et al. Pulsatile versus non-pulsatile tinnitus in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2018 Oct;160(10):2025-2029. doi: 10.1007/s00701-018-3587-8. Epub 2018 Jul 16.

Gault R, Mcginnity TM, Coleman S. A Computational Model of Thalamocortical Dysrhythmia in People With Tinnitus. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2018 Sep;26(9):1845-1857. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2018.2863740. Epub 2018 Aug 6.

Guest H, Munro KJ, Plack CJ. Acoustic Middle-Ear-Muscle-Reflex Thresholds in Humans with Normal Audiograms: No Relations to Tinnitus, Speech Perception in Noise, or Noise Exposure. Neuroscience. 2019 May 21;407:75-82. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.12.019. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

Hall DA, Smith H, Hibbert A et al. COMiT'ID Study: Developing Core Outcome Domains Sets for Clinical Trials of Sound-, Psychology-, and Pharmacology-Based Interventions for Chronic Subjective Tinnitus in Adults. Trends Hear. 2018 Jan-Dec;22:2331216518814384. doi: 10.1177/2331216518814384.

Manchaiah V, Beukes EW, Granberg S. Problems and Life Effects Experienced by Tinnitus Research Study Volunteers: An Exploratory Study Using the ICF Classification. J Am Acad Audiol. 2018 Nov/Dec;29(10):936-947. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.17094

McFerran D, Hoare DJ, Carr S et al. Tinnitus services in the United Kingdom: a survey of patient experiences. BMC Health Services Research. Volume 18, Article number: 110 (2018)

McKearney RM, MacKinnon  RC, Smith M, Baker R. Tinnitus information online - does it ring true? J Laryngol Otol. 2018 Nov;132(11):984-989. doi: 10.1017/S0022215118001792. Epub 2018 Oct 24.

McKenna L, Marks EM, Vogt F. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Tinnitus: Evaluation of Benefits in a Large Sample of Patients Attending a Tinnitus ClinicEar Hear. 2018 Mar/Apr;39(2):359-366. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000491.

Pryce H, Chilvers K. Losing silence, gaining acceptance: a qualitative exploration of the role of thoughts in adult patients with subjective tinnitus. Int J Audiol. 2018 Nov;57(11):801-808. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1500041. Epub 2018 Oct 8.

Pryce H, Hall A, Shaw R et al. Patient preferences in tinnitus outcomes and treatments: a qualitative study. Int J Audiol. 2018 Oct;57(10):784-790. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1484184.

Pryce H, Hall A, Marks E et al. Shared decision-making in tinnitus care - An exploration of clinical encounters. Br J Health Psychol. 2018 Sep;23(3):630-645. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12308. Epub 2018 Mar 25.

Pryce H, Durand MA, Hall A et al. The development of a decision aid for tinnitus. Int J Audiol. 2018 Sep;57(9):714-719. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1468093. Epub 2018 May 9.

Rizan C, Das P, Low R et al. A streamlined pathway for patients with unilateral tinnitus: Our experience of 22 patientsClin Otolaryngol. 2019 Mar;44(2):191-196. doi: 10.1111/coa.13258. Epub 2018 Dec 26..

Sereda M, Xia J, El Refaie A et al. Sound therapy (using amplification devices and/or sound generators) for tinnitus. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Dec 27;12:CD013094. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013094.pub2.

Summerfield AQ, Barton GR, UK Cochlear Implant Study Group. Sensitivity of EQ-5D-3L, HUI2, HUI3, and SF-6D to changes in speech reception and tinnitus associated with cochlear implantation. Qual Life Res. 2019 May;28(5):1145-1154. doi: 10.1007/s11136-018-2070-6. Epub 2018 Nov 27.

Thompson DM, Taylor J, Hall DA et al. Patients' and Clinicians' Views of the Psychological Components of Tinnitus Treatment That Could Inform Audiologists' Usual Care: A Delphi Survey. Ear Hear. 2018 Mar; 39(2): 367–377.

Watts EJ, Fackrell K, Smith S et al. Why Is Tinnitus a Problem? A Qualitative Analysis of Problems Reported by Tinnitus Patients. Trends Hear. 2018 Jan-Dec;22:2331216518812250. doi: 10.1177/2331216518812250.

Wegner I, HallDA, Smit AL et al. Betahistine for tinnitus. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Dec 27;12:CD013093. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013093.pub2