January 2017 Update

Dr Magdalena Sereda’s work around tinnitus and hearing loss looking at hearing aids and combination hearing aids is ongoing. One aspect of work that has developed out of this is a project looking at tinnitus apps used on smart phones and tablets. The aims of many different tinnitus apps on the market is to deliver sound therapy to provide sound enrichment, aid masking, relaxation, sleep or acoustic neuromodulation (sound sequencing). An online survey ran for 2 months in Autumn 2016 and received 675 responses and this data is currently being analysed. The study will generate a list of apps used by tinnitus sufferers to manage tinnitus and describe how they help. The results will help users and clinicians make an informed choice on the best app to help them manage their tinnitus better. The study will also provide information for future research in this area.

Work is progressing well and thanks to generous contributions from grant funders the final balance of £103,507 for this 4 year project is now fully funded.