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

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The latest COM'IT publication Defining Symptom Concepts in Chronic subjective Tinnitus: Web-Based Discussion Forum Study is now available for download at the Interactive Journal of Medical Research.

This publication - the result of a collaboration between the TINNET-working group around Deborah Hall and Tinnitushub - is a contribution to the growing area of web-based research on tinnitus - great way to engage the public!  

final MC Meeting13 03 2018Since 1971, international research networks have received financial support through the funding instrument COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). The aim is to bring researchers and experts together across national borders, disciplines and professions in order to meet the diverse requirements of the scientific, technical and social challenges of contemporary Europe.  From May 2014 to April 2018, the Action TINNET, administered by the University of Regensburg, was funded within the framework of this COST programme, which has been awarded a "Success Story" within the program.

Social network iconThe University Hospital Zurich and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Regensburg have been working closely together for years. From this collaboration, two new papers have been published dealing with different treatment approaches in tinnitus.

Guentensperger et al Hindawi Neuroplasticity Vol 2019: Investigating the Efficiacy of an Individualized Alpha/Delta Neurofeedback Protocol in the Treatment of Chronic Tinnitus

First attempts have shown that the application of alpha / delta neurofeedback in the treatment of chronic tinnitus leads to a reduction of symptoms at the group level. However, recent research also suggests that chronic tinnitus is a decidedly heterogeneous phenomenon, one that requires treatment of distinct subgroups or even on an individual level. Thus, the purpose of this study was to evaluate an individually adjusted alpha/delta neurofeedback protocol read the whole article


Neff et al Trends Hear. 2019 Jan-Dec;23: Comparison of Amplitude Modulated Sounds an Pure Tones at the Tinnitus Frequency: Residual Tinnitus Suppression and Stimulus Evaluation

Recent studies have compared tinnitus suppression, or residual inhibition, between amplitude- and frequency-modulated (AM) sounds and noises or pure tones (PT). Results are indicative, yet inconclusive, of stronger tinnitus suppression of modulated sounds especially near the tinnitus frequency. Systematic comparison of AM sounds at the tinnitus frequency has not yet been studied in depth. The current study therefore aims at further advancing this line of research by contrasting tinnitus suppression profiles of AM and PT sounds at the matched tinnitus frequency read the whole article

Congratulations to Dr Bernard Cohen, Dr Richard Lewis and Dr Jose Antonio Lopez-Escamez, who won the Frontiers Spotlight Award 2018 for their Research Topic Vestibular Contributions to Health and Disease.

Our research topic "Towards and Understanding Tinnitus Heterogeneity", initiated by the COST TINNET action under Winny Schlee, was nevertheless a great success. With 79 articles from a total of 332 authors published on this research topic, we were able to put tinnitus even more in the focus of a broad audience - almost 2.5 million views speak a clear language.

Cover4FrontiersFrom more than 400 outstanding article collections published in 2017, 10 finalists are now in the running for the 2nd annual Frontiers Spotlight Award  – and the chance to win US $100,000 to organize an international conference on their topic’s field. Our research topic "Towards an Understanding of Tinnitus Heterogeneity" is one of the finalists!

Published as Frontiers Research Topics, these shortlisted article collections each address a globally important field of research with the potential to drastically impact our future — from artificial intelligence to better health to sustainable agriculture. They bring together the latest, cutting-edge research to advance their fields, present new solutions – including to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – and foster essential, large-scale collaborations across multiple disciplines and research groups worldwide. read more...

In the forefront of the 11th TRI/TINNET Conference 2018, the Management Committee of the COST-TINNET-Action met for its final MC Meeting on March 13th at the Conference Venue in Regensburg. The chair of the Action, Winny Schlee, has drawn a very positive summary of TINNET thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of the people involved in the action.

Dr. Fédérica Ortelli, the science officer of the TINNET Action at the COST-office in Brussels, commented similar in her short presentation. She thanked the TINNET team for the good cooperation and encouraged the attendees to submit further similar applications under the COST-Program.

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TINNET is a European research network funded from April 11, 2014 to April 10, 2018 by the COST program under the Action number BM1306.

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