What happens during the study?
- Once there is place in the study you have the choice to register your interest.
- To find out more about your tinnitus and the effects your tinnitus may have, you will be asked to complete a very comprehensive online screening questionnaire. There will be a lot of questions about your tinnitus, how this affects you, and what effects it has on your life. It may take around 30-60 minutes to complete.
- A telephone appointment will be made to ensure you are clear on what the research involves and provide the opportunity for you to ask any questions. If you are eligible you will be invited to participate in the study. You can decide if you want to go ahead or not.
- Depending on the type of study, you will be placed by chance (randomly) into one of two groups. The Internet program lasts 8 weeks.
- You will be sent details to login to the website. Once the intervention starts you will read 2 to 3 modules every week. The modules include videos, worksheets, and easily readable information. There will be suggestions of things to practice each week and online worksheets to complete, where you read about suggested strategies to try. You will not be alone as a clinician will support you through the program. You can thus ask questions and will get feedback on your work.
- While partaking you will be sent around 20 questions on a weekly basis, which should take less than three minutes to complete and will help monitor your progress.
- After receiving your treatment, your progress will be evaluated by an online questionnaire, which should take around 30-45 minutes to complete. After this an appointment will be made to discuss your results with you by telephone.
- To determine how your tinnitus affects you after the intervention, there may be further online questionnaires two months after completing the treatment and one year later. This should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.