Action on Hearing Loss Logo
    Total results:
    Search
      Total results:

      Children with tinnitus (aged 8-16) and parents invited to take part in new research study

      A new study, investigating the experiences of children with tinnitus, is looking for volunteers to take part.

      By: Harriet Smith, NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre | 17 May 2019

      Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head when there is no sound coming from outside the body. It is often mistaken to be a problem only experienced by adults. In fact, research suggests that as many as one child in every class of 30 experiences tinnitus that negatively affects their day-to-day life and wellbeing. Whilst many research studies have explored the tinnitus problems faced by adults, very few studies have investigated the experiences of children.

      A knowledge of potential tinnitus problems is important for health professionals in their assessment of tinnitus severity, and is important for determining whether or not a treatment has been effective. Tinnitus is most often ‘subjective’, meaning that the sound can only be heard by the person experiencing it. As a result, health professionals must rely on the person to report their symptoms and the impact they have on their life. Clinical questionnaires are often used by health professionals as a way of understanding and measuring tinnitus impact. Whilst there are several tinnitus questionnaires available for use with adults, none are suitable for use with children.

      New research

      My PhD study, funded by the British Tinnitus Association, aims to develop a clinical questionnaire that can be used to measure the impact of tinnitus on children. Based at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, my project involves working closely with specialist NHS centres that regularly manage children who have tinnitus. First, I am investigating all possible ways in which tinnitus can affect children. These findings will be used to create a new questionnaire, which will be tested in clinics. The project is exciting as the questionnaire will be the first of its kind to be developed!

      Children with tinnitus

      Get involved!

      My current study invites children with tinnitus (aged 8-16) to share their experiences in individual and group discussions. The sessions, taking place in Nottingham, Bolton, and London, will explore how tinnitus can affect feelings, thoughts, activities, and relationships, at home and at school. To encourage children to share their experiences, the sessions will involve fun and interactive activities, such as drawing and game play. As part of the study, parents and clinicians are also invited to share their experiences in telephone discussions.

      If you are aged 8-16 and have tinnitus (or you are a parent or carer of a child with tinnitus) we would love to have your experiences included! Children will receive a £10 gift voucher as a thank you for taking part.

      Please visit the study web page for more information or email harriet.smith@nottingham.ac.uk.

      Harriet Smith, NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre
      Harriet Smith, NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre

      Recent Posts

      Could ‘chemical earmuffs’ prevent noise-induced hearing damage?

      Researchers in the US have identified molecules in the inner ear that are involved in the damage that loud noise causes to hearing. Blocking their activity protected against this damage when mice were exposed to loud noise. These findings could form the basis of new treatments to protect people’s hearing from noise.

      By: Tracey Pollard
      16 March 2020

      Helping patients to be heard: What the new NICE guidance means for people with tinnitus

      Imagine you’re trying to enjoy a moment of silence, but it’s interrupted by a relentless ringing noise. What if this happened all day, every day? That’s persistent tinnitus, and as an audiologist, I see the impact of this condition every day.

      By: Vai Maheswaran
      11 March 2020

      A clinical trial of a new investigational drug for vertigo in Ménière’s disease - OTO-104

      A clinical study team are looking for volunteers to test their new investigational drug, OTO-104, for vertigo episodes in Ménière’s disease.

      By: The OTO-104 Study Team
      11 March 2020

      Our future research leaders

      Last month, we invited our PhD students and our early-career Fellows to visit our head office in Highbury, to find out more about the work we do, to meet each other and to meet our staff. Marta Narkiewicz, from our research team, tells us more about the day.

      By: Marta Narkiewicz
      10 March 2020

      Recent Posts

      Could ‘chemical earmuffs’ prevent noise-induced hearing damage?

      Researchers in the US have identified molecules in the inner ear that are involved in the damage that loud noise causes to hearing. Blocking their activity protected against this damage when mice were exposed to loud noise. These findings could form the basis of new treatments to protect people’s hearing from noise.

      By: Tracey Pollard
      16 March 2020

      Helping patients to be heard: What the new NICE guidance means for people with tinnitus

      Imagine you’re trying to enjoy a moment of silence, but it’s interrupted by a relentless ringing noise. What if this happened all day, every day? That’s persistent tinnitus, and as an audiologist, I see the impact of this condition every day.

      By: Vai Maheswaran
      11 March 2020

      A clinical trial of a new investigational drug for vertigo in Ménière’s disease - OTO-104

      A clinical study team are looking for volunteers to test their new investigational drug, OTO-104, for vertigo episodes in Ménière’s disease.

      By: The OTO-104 Study Team
      11 March 2020

      Our future research leaders

      Last month, we invited our PhD students and our early-career Fellows to visit our head office in Highbury, to find out more about the work we do, to meet each other and to meet our staff. Marta Narkiewicz, from our research team, tells us more about the day.

      By: Marta Narkiewicz
      10 March 2020

      More like this

      We're really proud of everyone who's a part of Action on Hearing Loss, and hope you'll feel inspired to become a part of our community.​

      We campaign for changes that make life better for people who are confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss.

      Our ears are our organs of hearing and balance. They have three parts: the outer, middle and inner ear.