October 2016 update

PhD Student Lucy Handscomb has made the most of the opportunity to take her work on the cognitive model of tinnitus distress to a completely new audience at the annual conference of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies in Belfast. Laurence McKenna and Liz Marks were also presenting their BTA funded research on mindfulness based CBT for tinnitus there and both talks generated considerable interest. The course was attended mainly by clinical psychologists and CBT therapists. If more of these people were to develop an interest in tinnitus therapy this could really improve the availability of psychological treatment to people with tinnitus in the UK.

This autumn has seen the publication in peer reviewed journals (Ear and Hearing and Health and Quality of Life Outcomes) of two papers written by Lucy and her supervisors about the analysis of questionnaires used in her survey. Both papers are free to access via the journals’ websites.

Since the summer Lucy has been giving her attention to the qualitative part of her research project, which involves interviewing people with tinnitus about the cognitive model, how they understand it and to what extent they feel it relates to their experience of tinnitus. Once the interview transcripts have been analysed there will be a clearer idea of how the model can best be used to help people understand their own tinnitus better.