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Participants with tinnitus needed to take part in a study investigating the relationship between tinnitus and hormones


The aim of this study is investigate the effects of female sex and stress hormone levels on tinnitus perception over the menstrual cycle and to assess the effect of stress on tinnitus perception. This research will provide more knowledge about the influence of female hormones on tinnitus and anxiety, thus giving evidence to assist the treatment of tinnitus in women.

You can take part if you are suffering from tinnitus and are over 18 years old.

If you took part you will be asked to indicate when you can hear sounds and answer questionnaires about the symptoms of your tinnitus and anxiety. Saliva samples (chewing on a small cotton ball) will also be taken in order to measure the levels of sex hormones and stress hormones. At the last session you will also be asked to prepare and give a short presentation on the effect of tinnitus on your life. This may be a bit stressful, but following the presentation you will be offered a 30-minute relaxation session on a massage chair.

All the tests will take up to 2 hours per session and you will be asked to attend 6 sessions in total.

Your travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Name of Research Ethics Committee:
University of Manchester Committee on the Ethics of Research on Human Beings

University Ethics Committee number and/or NHS Reference number (if applicable):


Contact details

Please contact Keri Abbott if you would like to participate, or if you want more information: