This will be an experimental task-based functional MRI pilot study involving the neuroimaging assessment of patients with severely bothersome tinnitus, defined by a global bothersome scale. The investigators plan to enroll a total of 12 participants (6 severely bothered tinnitus and 6 age-matched non-tinnitus controls) over the course of six months to undergo task-based imaging. Subjects in the tinnitus group may have previously participated in the CTRWU study (HRPO: 07-0689) conducted by Dr. Jay Piccirillo at Washington University and have given permission to be contacted for consideration in future studies. The selected paradigm will allow us to advance knowledge about the role of the attention, control, and other cortical networks in the development and maintenance of bothersome tinnitus.
Study Start Date: July 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)