The Department of Clinical Auditory Neuroscience at Oxford University has an exciting opportunity to take part in paid research that could potentially improve our understanding of tinnitus and how it is diagnosed.

Volunteers will be tested about their ability to distinguish different sounds and also silent gaps in sounds.

The team are looking for people who have had tinnitus for more than three months, and people without tinnitus for a control group.

The team are looking for participants:

  • willing to give, and capable of giving, informed consent
  • with and without primary chronic tinnitus i.e. lasting more than three months
  • aged 18-60
  • with normal/corrected-to-normal vision
  • that are right handed
  • that could potentially be available for up to 8 months (in case we run out of time or encounter technical problems during your first visit)

Unfortunately, you will not be able to take part in the study if you:

  • Have pulsatile, objective or unilateral (single-sided) tinnitus
  • Have tinnitus as a result of another medical disorder
  • Are currently undergoing treatment for tinnitus
  • Have a major medical or psychiatric condition
  • Have dyslexia
  • Have hearing loss greater than 25dB
  • Have hyperacusis or high sensitivity to sound
  • Have claustrophobia
  • Are under 18 or over 65
  • Are left handed

Testing comprises one visit of about 3-4 hours to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics in the central Oxford Science area.

Volunteers will be compensated for their time, but travel expenses cannot be re-imbursed.

The risks associated with this study are negligible due to the use of non-invasive procedures (e.g. surface, instead of penetrating, electrodes) and loud sounds of up to 100dB will be kept to a minimum.

How to take part

If you are interested in taking part in this study, would like to gain a better understanding of tinnitus and/or want to help open new therapeutic avenues for the future, then please email Louis Negri or Victoria Bajo


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