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Kevin’s story

Our world-first objective tinnitus test could bring relief to Kevin who has suffered with maddening high-pitched, jarring sounds in his head for 46 years.

He explains: “This thing is in your head. It drives you crazy.”

“When it first started, I would get to a high level of panic hearing this constant very high-pitched tone. I’d run to the bathroom, turn the water on at full blast and stick my head in the sink, as the noise of the water would mask the sound. It was the only way I could get relief.”

“For 46 years I’ve had to live with the fact that there’s no cure and no treatment for tinnitus. The possibilities of an easy tinnitus test are breathtaking. This test gives me hope.”

Bringing hope to people with tinnitus

Help fund pioneering research

Tinnitus, the perception of sounds without an external source, affects 1 in 10 people globally. 20% of those affected report severe tinnitus, and there is currently no treatment – only ways to control symptoms, that don’t always work.

But that could change with this revolutionary new test being developed by Dr Mehrnaz Shoushtarian and her team at the Bionics Institute.

Your gift will help our researchers develop the revolutionary medical device further and get it into doctor’s clinics as soon as possible.

If you or someone you love suffers with tinnitus, wouldn’t you want to stop the torment of tinnitus?

Deb’s story

New treatments could end the torment of tinnitus for people like Deb, a qualified midwife.

She says: “It’s like a gas leak in my head with multiple layers of hissing around the clock, every day.

“I can’t sleep. I can’t watch TV. I can’t concentrate enough to read or write. It’s kicked up my depression and anxiety.

“An objective test will give researchers the knowledge they need to find a treatment for people like me whose lives have been ruined by tinnitus,” she concludes.

Help us fast-track this treatment to stop the torment of tinnitus

If the new treatment is successful, you’ll help people live free of the torment of tinnitus.

Fast-tracking development of this test will bring relief and the tools needed to develop new treatments.

Every step towards a life free of tinnitus makes a huge difference – just ask Deb!

Thank you for your compassion and supporting the search for new treatments for tinnitus – your kindness means so much to patients and their families.

About this research

Our researchers have developed a non-invasive brain imaging technique that diagnoses tinnitus with incredible accuracy.

The aim is to provide clinicians with a reliable diagnostic test to assess if a treatment is working, and also give researchers the information needed to develop new treatments.

The new diagnostic test shines near infra-red light over the head using light sources set into a cap. The brain’s blood oxygen levels affect the amount of light reflected back, which is measured by detectors in the cap and analysed using AI.

The treatment will continue through clinical trials before being made available more widely. Find out more about participating in this research.

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