I was really pleased to see that our article ‘Why is there no cure for tinnitus’ finally published in Frontiers in Neuroscience.

It's a really important piece of work as it draws together views and opinions from a range of different perspectives on how we can move forward with research and where we've got to so far. So we have the charities – ourselves at the British Tinnitus Association together with Action on Hearing Loss representing the patient voice in the paper. We have industry in the form of Autifony Therapeutics, who have the experience of undertaking a major pharmaceutical trial recently. We have academics represented by the University of Nottingham, and clinicians as well, through Professor David Baguley and Mr Don McFerran.

The content of the paper may not be a surprise to many. It is basically the things that I've been talking about for a couple of years now, such as the need for an objective measure of tinnitus and the need to sub-type tinnitus. What is new is that we now have the evidence for why these are needed and we’ve been able to produce a much more detailed analysis of where we've got to and where to go next. The paper is also the first peer-reviewed publication of the Tinnitus Cure Map. This again is a project that the BTA has been working on for a number of years. To have it published in a peer-reviewed journal gives the Map credibility and shows that it could be a valuable tool as we really start to map where we are with research and how we look at taking it forward.

What next?

Proud as we are about the paper’s publication, this is where the hard work begins!

The article sets out our stall - we've said where we think we've got to with tinnitus research and what needs to happen next. And we’re going to ‘put our money where our mouth is’ as part of our push to achieve our mission to drive and demand a cure for tinnitus. We have recently announced that we are looking to fund more tinnitus research through our Small and Large Grants programmes.

A record amount of funding from the BTA will be made available to catalyse research that addresses our priorities detailed in the paper. The Small Grants Programme is now open for applications.

As well as bringing together different perspectives and partners on this paper, we are undertaking other collaborations to improve our understanding and knowledge of tinnitus, as we start to make progress on some of the key areas highlighted in the paper. We hope to be able to announce more news on these projects soon. In addition to committing funding to new projects, we will be supporting research by allocating other resources from within the BTA. Staff will be working directly with researchers contributing time and expertise.

Please do read the paper. You can access it free of charge here – over 6,000 people have read it so far, which is encouraging to see. I’d be really interested to hear what you think about it, and to hear your views on how we take tinnitus research forward. I look forward to the conversations we can have, and I’m excited as we start to work towards a future where no one suffers from tinnitus.