The British Tinnitus Association has recently produced guidelines on its research strategy for the next six years (until 2020). See here: http://www.tinnitus.org.uk/researchstrategy Unfortunately the small print behind the usual marketing waffle makes for depressing reading. The key sentence in the whole document is the following: "Whilst the BTA would like to support pharmacological studies and stem cell research, this is currently outside its capability." ie the BTA will not help fund any research into drug development or stem cell research - probably the two most promising avenues for future cure development- instead preferring to concentrate on the usual "management" strategies, which have already had a lot of research. While the BTA of course has limited funding, this very narrow approach to research is disappointing and sadly many of the people who donate to the BTA may not be aware of it. Of course this only applies to the BTA and the situation may be different for tinnitus charities in other countries.