A doctoral psychology student at the University of East London is looking for people to participate in a diary study to reduce tinnitus distress and improve psychological well-being.

About the study

Tinnitus can make you feel anxious and low. Current research has shown the particular role of thoughts and feelings that makes tinnitus so hard to cope with: the more negatively we think about tinnitus the more anxious and low we feel. Research has also shown that being able to remain appreciative of the good things in life when facing adversity improves mental well-being. This connection has been found across several chronic health conditions, including tinnitus. In this project, we want to find out if it is possible to improve mental well-being through a simple exercise that encourages a broadening of the way you think about your experiences in life.

What will it involve?

Taking part in the research would involve keeping a weekly private diary of your thoughts and feelings about the things in your life – small and large – that you appreciate despite having tinnitus. You would write in your diary once or twice a week for three weeks. To see how this impacts on your well-being you would also complete some online questionnaires before you start keeping the diary and again after three weeks. These would take about 20-25 minutes to complete.

To be able to participate, you will need to confirm that you:

  • are over the age of 18
  • have had tinnitus for three months
  • happy to try a psychological approach
  • are happy to answer questions regarding your tinnitus.

Next steps

For the full information sheet and instructions on how to participate, and to ask any questions regarding the study, please email the researcher, Helene Klein [email protected]

Who is involved with this research project?

Helene Klein, Counselling Psychologist in Training, University of East London, Principal Researcher

Professor Cynthia Fu, psychology professor and supervisor for this research project, School of Psychology, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ.  Email: [email protected]

If you have any concerns related to your participation in this study please direct them to the Chair of the School of Psychology Research Ethics Sub-committee: Dr. Tim Lomas, School of Psychology, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ. Email: [email protected]

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Updated 5 October 2021