At our recent Conference, we presented the prestigious Marie & Jack Shapiro Prize for an unprecedented third year in succession to a team of clinicians and researchers led by Dr Eldré Beukes, a Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

It was awarded for the paper “Effectiveness of Guided Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Face-to-Face Clinical Care for Treatment of Tinnitus: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” It was felt that this paper indicates the real potential for iCBT as a tinnitus treatment which has obvious clinical benefits and the ability to improve the quality of life for people with tinnitus.

The winning paper was chosen from a shortlist of 30, which is record number of eligible papers. The judging panel was formed of the BTA’s Professional Advisers’ Committee.

Psychological treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are a proven intervention for reducing tinnitus distress. Eldré Beukes and her colleagues compared an internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) intervention with face-to-face therapy for those experiencing tinnitus in the United Kingdom.

Dr Beukes said: “It has been such a privilege being involved in this research and seeing the positive effects in helping those with tinnitus. We are so pleased and delighted to win this prize! It is a huge honour receiving it three years in a row. We want to thank the British Tinnitus Association for their support as it encouraged us to keep working at this important research aimed at improving the lives of those with tinnitus.”

She added: “This research has been such an exciting journey. The findings from this research opens up the possibility of an accessible, evidence-based intervention that is not currently available but can truly transform health care services. The findings indicate the clear potential of this intervention as an additional, effective, accessible tinnitus intervention for those struggling with the devastating effects of tinnitus. Receiving recognition for this work will greatly help to move this intervention forward.”

References

Beukes EW, Baguley DM, Allen PM, Manchaiah V & Andersson G. (2018). Audiologist-Guided Internet-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Adults with Tinnitus in the United Kingdom: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Ear and Hearing. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000505

The Marie & Jack Shapiro Prize is given each year at the BTA Conference to the piece of published research, by a UK based author, ‘most likely to result in improved treatment or public awareness of tinnitus,’ that was published in the last calendar year. The prize is named after the late Jack Shapiro, the founder of the British Tinnitus Association, and his wife Marie, who both played an important role in the establishment of the charity and in raising awareness of tinnitus.