News Working together to fund research into tinnitus We've teamed up with Action on Hearing Loss to co-fund research into tinnitus. We’re delighted to partner with Action on Hearing Loss to provide necessary funding for an up-and-coming researcher. The scope to make an impact through research into tinnitus is huge, and there’s significant opportunities for scientists to make a career in this field. Our PhD is an important step towards encouraging the best students to become involved in tinnitus research in the UK, and advancing developments that could change the lives of more than seven million people. We're looking for universities to apply with proposals for research which will: increase our understanding of the causes of tinnitus improve its diagnosis advance the development of effective treatments. Our two organisations will provide funding to support a PhD student to work on the chosen project. Tinnitus – a roaring, hissing, ringing or any other sound in one or both ears or in the head with no external source – currently has no cure. For many of those living with it, it can cause serious anxiety, stress, sleeping disorders and depression. Dr Ralph Holme, Executive Director of Research at Action on Hearing Loss: We need to understand more about tinnitus – its causes and the biological mechanisms that underlie its development and maintenance - so quality research is vital. Tinnitus can have a truly debilitating effect on people’s lives. We lack robust ways of measuring tinnitus, which makes it hard to test new treatments – there is truly an urgent need to increase our understanding. Our PhD grants offer a fantastic opportunity to help us make some serious progress. Not only will we advance our knowledge of tinnitus, but we will also support the training of a new tinnitus scientist able to make a long-term difference. The deadline for applications is 26 March 2020. For further details about the funding scheme, contact: [email protected], tel/textphone: 0203 227 6159, or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/researchfunding.