February 3, 2021, by Adele Horobin

Research to improve tinnitus – are we getting there?

Image showing head and shoulders photo of Professor David Baguley

Professor David Baguley


When I started working in the tinnitus field, there were very few colleagues (and most of those soon became competitors!) Discovering that so little was known about tinnitus amongst professionals feels to me a bit like finding a music band, or a writer, who no-one else has yet found and realising this will define something profound for me: seeing Joy Division many times in 1979/early 1980 as they supported Buzzcocks (my favourites at the time) on tour around the UK, meeting them, understanding that something special was going on.


Something special is going on in the world of tinnitus research now. Decades of teaching, from colleagues and I in Otology, Audiology, and Psychology, have resulted in a new generation of researchers who are now releasing a tumult of research papers.  In Tinnitus Week 2021 I am tweeting each day about a paper released this year that has excited me, or raised my hope, and I am truly spoilt for choice.

Bar graph showing the increase in publication of tinnitus research papers over the last 40 years (numbers taken from PubMed – free search engine accessing over 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books).


But, and this is a moment to pause – is that work raising the prospects for improving and developing new treatments for tinnitus, perhaps even a cure?  I hope so. But effective translational research, where knowledge gained is used to improve health, speaks to the need for academia to work with clinicians and patients to deliver better outcomes. Are we there with tinnitus? Clearly, not yet. Is this where we earnestly, urgently, desire to be? Yes.

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