We are delighted to announce that we are jointly funding research with RNID that will increase understanding of the causes of tinnitus, improve its diagnosis, or advance the development of effective treatments.

The project, led by Dr William Sedley at Newcastle University, will look at understanding how brain activity changes during the development of tinnitus over the next three years. The research will provide a better understanding of the processes that underlie tinnitus, which could lead to more effective treatments.

There are currently no cures for tinnitus. There are ways to manage it, but these methods do not work for everyone who tries them. Part of the difficulty in developing effective treatments for tinnitus stems from a lack of a complete understanding of the causes of tinnitus, or the mechanisms that underlie its development and maintenance. There is therefore an urgent need for more research into tinnitus, to increase our understanding, to develop better laboratory models and to improve how it is measured and monitored, so that effective treatments can be developed and robustly tested.

David Stockdale, British Tinnitus Association Chief Executive:

This project could be an important step in developing our understanding of tinnitus and has the potential to advance developments in tinnitus treatments that would change the lives of more than seven million people in the UK. We are delighted to be working together with RNID to support tinnitus research, and to drive progress towards our vision of ‘a world where no one suffers from tinnitus’.

Ralph Holme, Director of Research at RNID:

We are pleased to have joined forces with the BTA to fund this important research. Understanding how brain activity changes during the first few months of tinnitus starting is really important. It will not only help us know when the best time period is to treat but also what neural activity we need treatments to ‘normalise‘ in order to prevent tinnitus from becoming permanent.

The project team are also currently recruiting for a student to support with the research - find out more and apply: PhD Studentship in Auditory Neuroscience.