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Tackling Tinnitus needs research volunteers

Researchers at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, are looking for research volunteers who have tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear), to volunteer for an eight-week internet-based program, Tackling Tinnitus. Tinnitus, which affects more than 30 million people in the United States, can be very bothersome and disrupt many aspects of daily life.

“Although there is no cure for tinnitus, research has identified strategies that can help people better manage their tinnitus,” said Vinaya Manchaiah, Jo Mayo Endowed Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Lamar University. “This program shares these strategies to help individuals to better manage their tinnitus.” 

This FREE program runs over an eight-week period with more than 20 modules providing strategies for individuals with bothersome tinnitus. The information can be read online, downloaded or printed. It is structured in a way to make it easy to read and includes videos and worksheets to keep track of progress. The intervention is available in both English and Spanish. Participants must be at least 18 years in age with troublesome tinnitus and have access to the internet. Spanish speaking individuals with tinnitus are highly encouraged to participate.

The program is designed to be convenient by fitting into any busy lifestyle. By being offered online, individuals with tinnitus can do it when and where it is most comfortable. Whether at home, during a lunch break, on a train or waiting at an airport, the study can fit around any schedule. As the information is written down, it provides the opportunity for individuals with tinnitus to think about what has been read and can be used as reference. Although it is online, the patient will be guided by a trained clinician with specialist knowledge on tinnitus management. Much of the information is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies and practical tips. It aims at empowering those with tinnitus to manage their own tinnitus. 

This project is part of a grant awarded to Manchaiah from the National Institutes of Health-National Deafness Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For more information about this program, to register as a participant or to learn more about the researchers involved, please visit www.tacklingtinnitus.org.