TIN-ACT: Tinnitus Assessment, Causes and Treatments.
Tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”) is a very common and potentially devastating condition. People with tinnitus continuously hear a penetrating phantom sound in absence of actual sound. An estimated 50.8 million EU citizens hear tinnitus, of which 5.1 million are severely bothered by it. Tinnitus can be enormously debilitating and leads to difficulty concentrating, lack of sleep, anxiety, and depression. Even mild forms of tinnitus reduce productivity due to difficulty hearing and concentrating at work and also resting and relaxing during leisure time. In order to cure tinnitus, we need to bridge the gap between basic fundamental research, applied clinical research and product development. Our aim is to understand how basic neural mechanisms of tinnitus can be studied in animal models and human tinnitus patients, and how complementary research techniques can be used towards curing tinnitus.
Network coordinator: Pim van Dijk
Training coordinator: Sonja Pyott
Program manager: Elouise Koops
Work package leaders: UMCG (1,6), Oticon (2), Erlangen (3), Widex (4), CNRS (5).
External Advisory Board
Prof. Barbara Canlon – Karonlinska Institute
Prof. Jos Eggermont – University of Calgary