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

ICRA logoA global language for hearing research

Experts in hearing loss at the University of Nottingham have solved an important conundrum in their field of research – how to accurately translate results from patients’ hearing questionnaires carried out in different languages and cultures across the world.

The team at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre has led an international project to examine clinical questionnaires and guidelines from non-English speaking hearing research centres and summarise them for the global audiology community. 

The resulting Good Practice Guide produced for the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (ICRA) and TINnitus NETwork (TINNET) will be a vital tool in helping researchers across the world to compare clinical diagnoses and outcomes of clinical trials. The guidelines were published in the International Journal of Audiology on 21 November 2017.

University of Nottingham - Press releases

comitThanks to all those tinnitus experts who registered and completed all three rounds of the COMT'ID online survey, and those who also travelled to the UK to participate in one of our consensus workshops.

COMiT’ID had over 600 people taking part from over 40 countries. Thank you for all your support! Fantastic!

We'll be presenting our findings and recommendations at the TRI2018 conference, plus we'll be hosting an interactive workshop to hear your views and gather your feedback.

In the meantime, you can read more details on our recommendations on these pages:



Follow us on Twitter @COMITIDStudy for progress updates.

Deborah Hall3Prof. Deborah Hall, chair of Working Group 5, has been invited to give a podium presentation at the prestigious Association for Research in Otolaryngology MidWinter Meeing in San Diego, USA, February 2018 (41st Annual MidWinter Meeting).

She will presenting findings from the working group's COMIT'ID study, an innovative study to reach an international consensus on core outcome domains for early-phase clinical trials of sound-, psychology-, and pharmacology-based interventions to manage chronic subjecitve tinnitus in adults. This in an ambitious programme of work to improve the quality of future clinical trials so that findings can be compared across different treatments.

Deb publishes a related article last month: Designing Clinical Trials for Assessing the Effectiveness of Interventions for Tinnitus


A press release about the Frontiers research topic "Towards an Understanding of Tinnitus Heterogeneity", written by Christopher Cederroth, was published today, October 24. In less than two years, our research topic reached more than 1 Mio views.

In recent years open-access online journals have become more and more important in scientific communication. Their main feature — free access to scientific publications — eases scientific exchange and democratizes research. Complete access to the latest scientific findings is no longer restricted to those with access to well-equipped libraries or who can afford expensive journal subscriptions. Instead, every researcher and interested person has the possibility to get the most recent information. Read more



Thanks to all those professionals with experience in tinnitus who registered and completed round 1 of the COMT'ID online survey. We had a great response, an managed to exceed our targets of all three surveys. Amazing!

This means that recruitment for the three survey on sound-based, psychology-based and pharmacology-based interventions for tinnitus has now closed. But the study is ongoing. We've just invited those who participated in round 1 to complete round 2 which is open until mid-July. If you are a participant then PLEASE fill in Round 2 (July) and the final Round 3 (August) so that our findings are as representative as possible.

Those lucky participants who complete all three rounds are eligible to take part in a one-day consensus meeting, and this can be reimbursed through TINNET:

  • Sound-based survey: Wed 6 September, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield, UK
  • Psychology-based survey: Friday 8 September, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield, UK
  • Pharmacology-based survey: Friday 27 October, Action on Hearing Loss Office, London, UK

Follow us on Twitter @COMITIDStudy for progress updates.

Don't forget: British Tinnitus Association annual conference is Thursday 7 September, Sheffield, UK.
Register now by visiting www.tinnitus.org.uk

Neff et alAuditory stimulations can be used to suppress tinnitus for a short duration of time. A great variety of sounds can be used, including music with different types of filtering, amplitude modulated sounds with different frequencies, or various noise stimulations. The authors Patrick Neff and colleagues have investigated a battery of 7 different sounds. So far, the 10Hz-amplitude modulated tinnitus sound is the winner - and there is also a clear looser:  


The registration for our TRI and TINNET conferene is open now! The conference will be held from March 14-16, 2018 in the world heritage city of Regensburg. 

We offer a great program and several travel grants!

For further information and registration please visit http://2018.tri-conf.org/ !

We are looking forward to meeting you in Regensburg!


Calling all professionals with experience in tinnitus to register and complete the COMIT'ID online survey!

Prof. Deb Hall and her team at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre are conducting a world-wide study in collaboration with TINNET Working Group 5.  The COMIT'ID study will aim to improve future tinnitus clinical trials by standardising the way sound-, psychology- and drug-based tinnitus treatments are measured.

Watch the COMIT'ID video to find out more!

You can also read about the study in their Action on Hearing Loss Blog.

All researchers, health professionals, commercial/industry representatives and funders with specific experience in tinnitus treatment are encouraged to sing up and take part by Friday 2nd June. Members of the public with tinnitus are also invited to take part.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your interest.

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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