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November 21, 2011

Patients with Tinnitus Sought for SIU Clinical Trial

Patients suffering from tinnitus are needed to participate in a controlled clinical trial at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.  The clinical trial is examining the effect of hearing aids on people with bothersome tinnitus.  SIU is the only site in the United States participating in this study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy on tinnitus associated with hearing loss.

“We’re hoping the results of the study provide more clear-cut guidelines on how to treat tinnitus sufferers who also have hearing loss,” said Dr. Carol Bauer, professor of otolaryngology at SIU, who is directing the study.

To be eligible for the study, patients must be between the ages of 18 and 75 and live within 60 miles of Springfield.  They must have tinnitus that has been bothersome for at least one year and be willing to wear hearing aids in both ears as treatment for the tinnitus.  Finally, patients must be willing to return to Springfield for treatment and evaluation over 18 months. There is no charge to the participants for the tests and treatments related to the study.  This study is funded by the Tinnitus Research Consortium.

If you are interested in participating in the study, call Jennifer Parrish at 217-545-8181 or