About the study:

Tinnitus is an auditory perception heard in one’s ear or head which is not created by an external source of sound. Although it is not a life-threatening condition, it can remain for extended periods of time affecting concentration, and causing psychological problems including distress, insomnia, depression and anxiety. The practice of meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety, perceived stress and other psychological symptoms, therefore, it could help reduce psychological symptoms caused by tinnitus. This study will investigate the effects of meditation on individuals experiencing tinnitus. The outcomes of which may provide valuable insight into new therapeutic treatment options to treat tinnitus.

I am looking for volunteers to participate in the project. The study will involve a cohort of participants taking part in a randomised controlled experiment over a period of 6-weeks. Participants will be split into two groups – group 1 and group 2. Both groups will be asked to listen to an audio recording for 20 minutes a day for 5 days of the week (a CD will be posted to you). Qualitative questionnaires will be sent via email. This research is completely self-funded.

There is an inclusion and exclusion criteria which would need to be met for successful enrolment in the study. Please find this below.

Inclusion:

  • All participants need to be competent with written and spoken English
  • Participants must be adults (18+ years old)
  • Participants must have tinnitus (as there is no objective measure to diagnose tinnitus, volunteers stating they experience tinnitus like symptoms will be included)
  • Must have experienced long-term tinnitus (6 months or more)
  • Participants must report some form of negative emotion linked to tinnitus
  • Must have access to the internet and have an email account
  • Must have access and be competent in using a laptop/desktop

Exclusion:

  • Tinnitus due to temporary aliment such as otitis media and trauma to the head.

For more details:

If you are interested in finding out more about this study, please email Sonam by clicking on this link