Tinnitus Intervention Trial in Melbourne

Discussion in 'Research News' started by Neil McLachlan, Apr 27, 2016.

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    1. Neil McLachlan

      Neil McLachlan Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      Hi everyone,

      I am running a pilot study with an attention based retraining intervention for reducing tinnitus at the University of Melbourne.

      We are looking for participants who have bothersome tinnitus and would be willing to trial a computer based intervention that they can take home and use as required over a couple of months.

      If you know any-one in Melbourne who would like to be involved please let me know via this forum

      Many thanks

      Neil
       
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    2. Silvio Sabo
      Pooptoast

      Silvio Sabo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Gothenburg, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise - I think
      Any info on what you are trying to do? What is the treatment plan? What is your hypothesis?
       
    3. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Id be interested in participating Neil. I live in Geelong, but am in Melbourne most days for work.

      I have sent you my contact details in a private message.

      Cheers

      Deb
       
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    4. Dave AUS
      Depressed

      Dave AUS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Adelaide, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Too Loud Indoor Rock Concert
      Good luck Deb. I am in adelaide so can't participate. Let's hope Neil is on to something.

      Any others from melbourne australia here.......?
       
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    5. Karl28
      Wishful

      Karl28 Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 bad since 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music via headphones
      I live in Melbourne Australia but would like some more info first
       
    6. Tc01

      Tc01 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music (headphones)
      Am also in Melbourne, live close to the city (approx ten mins.) and interested if there is any more info available.
       
    7. monacco

      monacco Member

      Location:
      forte Antoine .monaco
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anknown
      He want just to know how many people living in Melbourne on this forum :p:p:p:p:D
       
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    8. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Live in Cairns but grew up in Melbourne
       
    9. BilbyOz

      BilbyOz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1980's
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Ballarat here but maybe interested if it doesn't involve too many contact hrs.
       
    10. Neil McLachlan

      Neil McLachlan Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      Hi every-one

      thanks for responding. I was expecting to get an email when responses came through, so sorry I'm a bit late getting back to you.

      The trial is using a set of listening tasks that have been programmed on a laptop computer that the participant can take home. It is based on evidence that the brain can rapidly learn to supress tinnitus. However this suppression is usually short lived. We have developed a game that can be played on the computer whenever tinnitus is bothersome that we hope will lead to a more permanent brain retraining over time. The program will also gather a few measures of what your tinnitus sounds like each time you use it.

      So in response to the above questions, we only need to meet briefly twice - at the start and end of your participation. We have initially programmed 20 sessions, but you can use it for as long as you like (we would need the laptop back at some stage - but we hope you won't need it any more after 20 sessions). Each session will take about 10 minutes. We can meet on campus at the University of Melbourne in Parkville.

      thanks again for your interest

      Neil
       
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    11. jeannette lyon

      jeannette lyon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Hi Neil,
      I live in Dandenong. I was wondering if since it is a computer program, is there any chance you would be able to post it in dropbox as a exe. file and so make it available for all to try out?
       
    12. RoughGekko

      RoughGekko Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      age related hearing loss
      Hi Neil,
      I live in Sydney. In reference to what Jeannette has suggested above, if it is not possible due to complexity of the program, could you send us some .mp3 files as a sampler that we can try out on our own devices and report back?
      Thanks
       
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    13. Stefan K

      Stefan K Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly Music/Power Tools
      Hi Neil, I think jeannette idea is great, I would also be willing to try it out! I am located in Adelaide
       
    14. Neil McLachlan

      Neil McLachlan Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      Hi every-one

      thanks for your interest - but I need to give you the hardware as well.

      If it goes well we will invest in programming expertise to make it available over the web. Its always hard to make things work reliably on people's own computers

      We have 3 participants starting next week and need around 20 to be sure it works

      I will post any further developments.

      thanks again

      Neil
       
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    15. Mon Aus

      Mon Aus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma and other
      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for the post and undertaking this trial. I am interested in learning more and partaking in it. Have had troublesome tinnitus for 5 months now and am based in Melbourne.

      Please let me know next step.

      Thanks,

      Mike
       
    16. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      I would be willing to participate. Live in the south east suburbs. Getting to Melbourne Uni would be a breeze for me
       
    17. Neil McLachlan

      Neil McLachlan Member

      Location:
      Melbourne
      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music
      Hi every-one

      I first posted about our tinnitus intervention trial at Melbourne University in late April this year.

      All our trials have been promising so far and are looking for new participants in Melbourne. It's been slow because people want to keep using our gear!

      If you're interested you will need to come in to Melbourne University to do an interview and pick up a laptop. After 20 sessions (at your own pace) we will need to meet again to review progress and download the data.

      please email me at mcln@unimelb.edu.au

      best regards

      Neil McLachlan
       
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