RESEARCHERS from across the country are being invited to apply for money from the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).
The BTA, who promote research into tinnitus, funded more than £576,000 of projects in 2015/16, equating to 53% of its annual spend.
It is are now opening its next round of funding for projects up to £5,000, and is calling for researchers who have an interest in developing the current knowledge and treatment of tinnitus to apply for grants.
David Stockdale, Chief Executive of the BTA said: “Our aim is to find a cure for tinnitus and the only way that this will happen is through more research into this condition.
“We are looking for clinicians to access the scheme or conduct feasibility or early phase research which will help lead to improving the lives of people with tinnitus.
“More than half of our annual spend goes on research and we are delighted to be working with leading clinicians and health professionals as well as academics who are currently undertaking research.
“Our next round of funding is now open and we are looking forward to hearing from a range of researchers and health professionals who want to investigate new avenues around tinnitus.”
Current research funded by the BTA includes:
A comparison of the benefits of mindfulness based cognitive therapy, relaxation therapy and a waiting list control in managing tinnitus, taking place at University of London Hospitals (UCLH)
The relationship between tinnitus, hyperacusis and anxiety in children aged 8-16 years, taking place at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Investigation into the moderating effects of personality and individual differences on tinnitus distress, taking place at Leeds Trinity University.
A new cognitive model of chronic tinnitus and its implications for current audiological management: systematic management using structural equation modelling and established qualitative techniques, taking place at the National Institute of Health Research, Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, University of Nottingham
Added David: “Innovative research is taking place across the country to improve the understanding and treatment of tinnitus but there is the need for more to be done. We will welcome bids from researchers who want to explore new insights into tinnitus and the associated impact of this condition. Ultimately it is hoped that these projects will discover interventions that reduce tinnitus perception and the associated distress.”
For more information, including a downloadable application form and details of the closing date for applications, please visit CLICK HERE