Above: Audiologist conducting hearing tests with participant in test booth.
Volunteers Sought for a Research Study on Tinnitus
The Portland Veterans Administration is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study to compare the effects of two different therapies in treating tinnitus.
To qualify: participants must have constant tinnitus (ringing in the ears or head) that bothers them. Participants need not be veterans.
The two therapy methods are Sound-Based Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of those two therapies, and cannot choose which therapy they will receive.
In the Sound-Based Therapy group, participants will listen to prescribed sound therapy daily. The study requires seven visits that may last one – four hours each.
Participants in the Behavioral Therapy method will meet individually with a provider for seven visits. This group has three additional therapy sessions. Each visit may last one – four hours.
This effort is a research study, not a treatment program. Both therapies may help participants with their reactions to tinnitus. Participants may benefit if their tinnitus-related problems become less bothersome.
Volunteers receive $40 for each of the 7 visits ($280 total). For more information, call Chan at 503-220-8262, ext. 56651.