Research summaryThe study aims to explore whether a gap exists between perceived and expected clinical service amongst tinnitus patients in an NHS audiology department. Henry Yes (1). This news story was based on a very small study that compared the mobile phone usage of 100 people with tinnitus with that of 100 people without tinnitus. Along with loud noise, other causes include age-related hearing loss, changes to the inner ear bone structure, and build-up of wax. Diabetic ketoacidosis following steroid treatment in a patient with gestational diabetes mellitus. During the 3 year PhD program Julie received formal training in methods of evidence-based medicine and epidemiology including quantitative and qualitative analytical methods and training in systematic review and is a specialist in evidence synthesis and data mining. The catastrophizing thoughts questionnaire has been used in pain management and will be administered pre and post tinnitus intervention as a measure of tinnitus service efficacy in addition to routine outcome measures already used.
Some patients will also be interviewed to describe their experience of the service and provide valuable insight into the tinnitus service.