Welcome to TINNET: An Action for Better Understanding the Heterogeneity of Tinnitus to Improve and Develop New Treatments

TINNET Management Committee in Brussels, 19 January 2015


Tinnitus Matching SoftwareDuring his Short-term scientific mission, Dr. Jaime Serquera, developped a first prototype for a tinnitus pitch matching procedure under Matlab using a forced-choice double-staircase adaptive procedure. 

The code is freely available under: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/53129-fcds

Trying to find a balance between user-friendliness and scientific accuracy, there are only a few buttons in the GUI. The remaining paramters can be changed in the code. 

Any feedback that will improve further versions of the software are welcome. Please send it to Dr. Serquera (jserquera "at" yahoo.es).

meeting cologne sept15On September 25, 2015, the second meeting of the Database Workgroup took place in  Cologne. The group of tinnitus experts, database experts and statisticians came together at the HSD University of Applied Sciences (http://www.hs-doepfer.de).

photo of all four co-authorsAnother TINNET supported article: "Current reported outcome domains in studies of adults with a focus on the treatment of tinnitus: protocol for a systematic review" has been accepted for publication. The article will soon be available in the British Medical Journal - Open.

Here’s a photo of all four co-authors (from left to right Veronica Kennedy, Deb Hall, Haula Haider and Agnieszka Szczepek) taken at the recent WG5 management meeting.

Over two days (27-28 August 2015), 20 members of TINNET participated in activities and planning for Working Group 5. Thanks for Prof. Birgit Mazurek and Dr. Agnieszka Szczepek for being such welcoming hosts at the Charité University Hospital Berlin, and to Dr Alain Londero for his role as co-chair.... and thanks to all participants for such lively and stimulating debate.

Antonio MD kleinA new paper about the diagnostic criteria of Menière's disease just appeared. The paper published by Lopez-Escamez et al. represents a consensus of several international societies, namely the AAO-HNS, EAONO, Barany Society, Japan Society for Equilibirum Research and Korean Balance Society [pdf].

EFAS2015On Friday 29 May, Deb Hall has been leading an invited session on Tinnitus as the 12th Congress of The European Federation of Audiology Societies (EFAS) in Istanbul. The session included invited talks that cover a range of topics including hidden hearing loss (Plack, UK), the Autifony Therapeutics drug pipeline (Large, Italy), sound-based therapies (Hall, UK) and EU research partnership TINNET (Haider, Portugal).  See http://efas2015.eu/ for more details.

The picture shows Deb Hall (left) and all other invited speakers, including TINNET member Haula Haider who presented an overview of the TINNET program.

Recently, a new article about the TINNET project appeared in Trends in Hearing: Hall et al. 2015: "Toward a Global Consensus on Outcome Measures for Clinical Trials in Tinnitus: Report From the First International Meeting of the COMiT Initiative, November 14, 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands". Trends Hear. 2015 Apr 24;19.

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TINNET is a European research network funded by the COST program under the Action number BM1306.

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