January 2017 Update

This project, led by Dr Laurence McKenna and Dr Liz Marks, was carried out between 2013 and 2015 and was a study to compare Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Relaxation Therapy (the standard treatment) for people with chronic tinnitus. The aim was to determine if 

MBCT was a better treatment than the current recommended practice.

In total 75 patients took part in the trial receiving either MBCT or Relaxation Therapy. The study has shown that patients receiving both treatments had a reduction in tinnitus severity, psychological distress, tinnitus loudness, anxiety and depression but those receiving MBCT saw these reductions lasting for much longer (up to 6 months).

A scientific paper has just been submitted to the medical journal The Lancet which will contribute to dissemination throughout the medical community and will be one of the first steps to MBCT becoming more widely adopted as a treatment for tinnitus.

Dr McKenna and Dr Marks are continuing their research in this area looking at how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be used to treat tinnitus related insomnia.

We recently launched an appeal to help fund this work, we have been delighted with the response which has so far raised over £16,300!

If you, or someone close to you, have tinnitus, you will know how difficult it can be to manage. If we can find more ways to help people control their symptoms, more people will be able to break free from tinnitus, and live their lives again.

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