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Multidisciplinary Tinnitus Research: Challenges and Future Directions From the Perspective of Early Stage Researchers


Simoes, Jorge Piano; Daoud, Elza; Shabbir, Maryam; et al; Liyanage, Nuwan; Riha, Constanze (2021). Multidisciplinary Tinnitus Research: Challenges and Future Directions From the Perspective of Early Stage Researchers. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13:647285.

Abstract

Tinnitus can be a burdensome condition on both individual and societal levels. Many aspects of this condition remain elusive, including its underlying mechanisms, ultimately hindering the development of a cure. Interdisciplinary approaches are required to overcome long-established research challenges. This review summarizes current knowledge in various tinnitus-relevant research fields including tinnitus generating mechanisms, heterogeneity, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment development, in an effort to highlight the main challenges and provide suggestions for future research to overcome them. Four common themes across different areas were identified as future research direction: (1) Further establishment of multicenter and multidisciplinary collaborations; (2) Systematic reviews and syntheses of existing knowledge; (3) Standardization of research methods including tinnitus assessment, data acquisition, and data analysis protocols; (4) The design of studies with large sample sizes and the creation of large tinnitus-specific databases that would allow in-depth exploration of tinnitus heterogeneity.

Abstract

Tinnitus can be a burdensome condition on both individual and societal levels. Many aspects of this condition remain elusive, including its underlying mechanisms, ultimately hindering the development of a cure. Interdisciplinary approaches are required to overcome long-established research challenges. This review summarizes current knowledge in various tinnitus-relevant research fields including tinnitus generating mechanisms, heterogeneity, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment development, in an effort to highlight the main challenges and provide suggestions for future research to overcome them. Four common themes across different areas were identified as future research direction: (1) Further establishment of multicenter and multidisciplinary collaborations; (2) Systematic reviews and syntheses of existing knowledge; (3) Standardization of research methods including tinnitus assessment, data acquisition, and data analysis protocols; (4) The design of studies with large sample sizes and the creation of large tinnitus-specific databases that would allow in-depth exploration of tinnitus heterogeneity.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Aging
Life Sciences > Cognitive Neuroscience
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ageing, Cognitive Neuroscience
Language:English
Date:11 June 2021
Deposited On:21 Jun 2021 09:45
Last Modified:25 Apr 2024 01:37
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN:1663-4365
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2021.647285
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/205761/
PubMed ID:34177549
Project Information:
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID764604
  • : Project TitleTIN-ACT - Research School for TINnitus Assessment, Causes and Treatments
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID848261
  • : Project TitleUNITI - Unification of treatments and Interventions for Tinnitus patients
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID722046
  • : Project TitleESIT - European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)