What is the purpose of this study?

Researchers who investigate the ability to concentrate refer to the ability as “cognition”. Recent research suggests that people with tinnitus may perform differently on computer-based puzzles that measure different types of cognition.

Tinnitus is the common experience of sound in the ears or the head that is not caused by an outside source. The impact that tinnitus has on people can vary. Some people find it bothersome and that it affects their quality of life, while others do not. A common complaint is that tinnitus causes concentration difficulties. This can make it difficult to do things like multitask, think clearly, or pay attention.

This research study is being undertaken for educational purposes, to investigate which types of cognition may be different in people with tinnitus compared to people without tinnitus. We will also investigate whether cognition is different in people with bothersome tinnitus compared to those with non-bothersome tinnitus.

Am I eligible to take part?

In order to take part in this study, you must:

  • Speak fluent English.
  • Be aged 18 to 80-years old.
  • Have no more than a slight hearing loss.
  • Have had no experience of tinnitus (if having no tinnitus).
  • Have been experiencing tinnitus for at least 6 months (if having tinnitus).
  • Currently not be undertaking any treatment for tinnitus.
  • Currently not be taking any medications that cause concentration difficulties.
  • Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision.

If you would like to take part or have any questions, please contact Nathan Clarke ([email protected])

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