Tinnitus is defined as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear or head that cannot be attributed to an external source.
You may hear sounds such as buzzing, whistling, hissing, humming or whooshing. You may hear a single sound or two or more, and it’s common for the sounds to change. If you’re under stress, you may feel that your tinnitus changes in pitch or tone and becomes more intrusive.
This can have a serious impact on quality of life, mental health and relationships with family and friends.
>> Listen to what tinnitus may sound like
We can help you manage it
Although there's no cure for tinnitus (yet), we provide a number of services that can help you manage it:
Join the conversation
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Join the conversation and ask your questions now on our Tinnitus forum.
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Research on tinnitus
The research we fund is focused on improving our understanding of the biological basis of tinnitus to develop treatments and cures. Important aspects of our research include:
- Imaging studies to identify where, in the brain, tinnitus happens
- Studies on how overactive signalling in the brain is linked to tinnitus
- Research showing that this tinnitus-related over-activity in animals can be prevented - by drugs that block damaging signals from the inner ear after loud noise exposure
- How cochlear implants can be adapted to help alleviate tinnitus.
We're currently funding a range of projects. Our tinnitus research page contains more information.
And look out also for our blog posts , dedicated to tinnitus, our research into treatments and cures and tips on managing the condition.
How your donation helps the search for a cure
£5 could buy 25 tissue culture tubes for use in our pioneering research projects
£32.50 could help to fund half a day of groundbreaking biomedical research by one of our PhD students into the causes of tinnitus
£65 could fund an entire day's research by one of our PhD students into a cure to bring back the silence for tinnitus sufferers
£100 could pay for one of our major international research projects for a whole day