In collaboration with the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, a new trial into Tinnitus has opened at Nottingham University Hospitals.
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Gill suffers from tinnitus and is a Nottingham NIHR Hearing BRU trial participant. In this video, Gill describes her experiences of being part of a clinical trial with the Unit. Gill says: I became involved in the tinnitus trial because 23 years ago (when the tinnitus was diagnosed), the consultant I saw said “I don’t know much about tinnitus”. “We don’t really understand what it is all about”. And now, here and now, research is being done.” Continue reading
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Hearing aids are the most common intervention for hearing loss. However, the majority of people who get them do not use them. This is an issue because hearing loss can lead to communication difficulties, resulting in reduced quality of life.
Rehabilitation programs can help people to use their hearing aids and interact in social settings more effectively. Programs delivered via the internet may also help people with hearing loss access them. This study is looking at an online rehabilitation program for people with hearing loss. The program covers different topics, including information about hearing aids, ways to improve communication, and relaxation techniques.
During the study, hearing aid users will complete questionnaires about their experiences with hearing aids and how their hearing loss affects their day-to-day lives. They will then complete up to 5 modules of an online rehabilitation program at home. Each module will take at least one hour to complete. Participants will have up to one week to complete each module. When all the modules are completed, participants will complete the questionnaires again.
Some participants may also be invited to take part in a small group discussion. During the group discussion participants will be encouraged to share their views on the program, such as what they liked or disliked.
We are interested to see whether a study assessing the program can be done in people with hearing loss. In addition, we would like to better understand how the program can be improved. This study will help us to make sure that the program is clear and that it covers the right topics. We will use the results of the research to prepare for a study that will test how effective the program is in larger group of people.
1. Ability to give informed consent
2. Fluent in the English language (written and spoken)
3. Adults aged ≥18 years (no upper age limit)
4. Mild-to-moderate hearing loss (average hearing threshold across octave frequencies 0.25-4kHz ≥20 and ≤70dB
5. Own hearing aids and have either:
a. Used them for at least one year (existing hearing aid users), or
b. Not worn a them or alternative form of amplification (e.g. personal sound amplification product) within 2 years
(first-time hearing aid users)
7. Report hearing impairment with significant communication difficulties confirmed as a score >20 on the HHIE.
8. Access the Internet and compatible device (e.g. computer or tablet device).
1. Report having severe tinnitus
2. Diagnosis of Ménière’s disease
3. Patients who are unable to complete the questionnaires with assistance due to age-related problems such as cognitive decline and dementia.
Principal Investigator for this trial: Dr David Maidment
Research Ethics Committee Reference: 16/YH/0420
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Gill suffers from tinnitus and is a Nottingham NIHR Hearing BRU trial participant. She describes her experiences of being part of a clinical trial with the Unit.
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