Discussion in 'Patient Research: Join the Dots' started by Cityjohn, Jun 26, 2016.

    1. Cityjohn

      Cityjohn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5:10 PM 03/02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Scombroid food poisoning.
      Asking the question

      It is really hard to ask good questions that lead to better questions, or hopefully even solutions. That's not to say we have to make Join the Dots complex, or that it has to conform to exact standards. But there's a few things we should generally adhere to when we ask questions to keep it easy and flowing.

      Tackle one subject at a time. There's a simple rule that keeps the difficulty of answering questions in check. It's that you can't ever use 'and' in your question, because that makes two separate subjects. For example; What can go wrong and Why does it cause tinnitus? would become 'What is hearing damage', and then 'How does a decrease in dorsal cochlear nucleus fibers cause tinnitus'. In this way the multiple causes can be separated from the multiple ways that it translates to tinnitus. Trying to answer all of them in a single go may become a little convoluted. It works backwards as well, as one can first study what tinnitus is, and work back to find what causes it. In this way we'll know we're on the right track when theory and practice work both ways.

      In the title 'Mechanisms of reactive tinnitus and possible treatment strategies' I would leave out 'and Possible Treatment Strategies' completely as usually it logically follows from the mechanism. It would better fit under (Research) '[insert name of treatment strategy] for reactive tinnitus'.
      Another thing is that the title should clarify what the thread is about; Ear Fatigue and Tinnitus - Theory, Prevention and Treatment' is very general. It could be 'what is', 'what causes', 'how','why' or 'when', etc. I guess it could be 'How does ear fatigue influence tinnitus?'
      A good way to check a question is by applying the aforementioned 'and' test, and by applying the 'for example' test. If you can add 'for example, when...' to your question it may be too broad.

      By doing this we keep questions simple, easily researchable, and not lend anything to exclusion.

      Answering the question

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