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Research School for TINnitus Assessment, Causes and Treatments

Research School for TINnitus Assessment, Causes and Treatments

Objective

Tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”) is a very common and potentially devastating condition. People with tinnitus, continuously hear a penetrating phantom sound in absence of actual sound. An estimated 50.8 million EU citizens hear tinnitus, of which 5.1 million are severely bothered by it. Tinnitus can totally disrupt normal societal participation. Hence, tinnitus leads to enormous societal costs (€140 billion per year in Europa), mainly due to loss of productivity. Since tinnitus primary occurs at advanced age (>50 years), it is a severe challenge to the European ambition to continued inclusion of the aging population in the work force. To date, the research into tinnitus has progressed almost nowhere in the development of effective and reliable treatments for tinnitus. The applicants of the current proposal are convinced that in order to cure tinnitus, we need researchers that can bridge the gap between basic fundamental research, applied clinical research and product development. The major aim of the proposal is to train 15 future scientists who understand how basic neural mechanisms of tinnitus can be studied in animal models and human tinnitus patients, and how complementary research techniques can be used towards curing tinnitus. The central hypothesis of TIN-ACT is that reduced peripheral auditory input (via hearing loss) causes pathological changes centrally in the brain that manifest as the perception of tinnitus. In a balanced consortium, the research is organized in three scientific work packages that study how these pathological changes can be assessed, what causes them, and how they can be treated. A comprehensive training program provides specialized training by research, complementary skills and soft skills (including entrepreneurship). We will train 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) towards an excellent understanding of tinnitus assessment, causes and treatments, and with job perspectives both in the academic and non-academic sectors.
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Coordinator

ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS GRONINGEN

Address

Hanzeplein 1
9713 Gz Groningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 766 122,84

Participants (7)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 788 626,80

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM ERLANGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

CHARITE - UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

OTICON A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

WIDEX AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

COCHLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

Partners (7)

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European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH)

European Federation of Tinnitus Associations

EUROGRANT GMBH

HERTZ BROERTJES BRIGITTE

Tinnitus Hub Ltd

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Siemens Healthineers BV

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 764604

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 928 915,08

  • EU contribution

    € 3 928 915,08

Coordinated by:

ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS GRONINGEN

Netherlands