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University of Iowa News Release


Feb. 21, 2007

[Note to Editors: This release about a UI clinical study last was distributed Aug. 8, 2006. Participants still are welcome to participate in the study.]

Individuals With Tinnitus Invited To Participate In UI Treatment Study

People with problematic tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, are invited to participate in a University of Iowa study examining new treatments for the disorder.

The study includes a comprehensive counseling and sound therapy protocol. Low-level background sounds are used to decrease the prominence of the tinnitus. The counseling helps people understand the nature, mechanisms and problems associated with tinnitus. There are additional sessions on concentration, hearing and sleep problems caused by the ringing.

The study requires at least three visits during the first three months of the study, and follow-up visits at six, 12 and 18 months. All study audiological evaluations, tests or counseling will be free of charge. No additional compensation will be provided.

Tinnitus affects about ten in every 100 people and there is no cure for the disorder. The UI study, led by Richard Tyler, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology and speech pathology and audiology, is the largest government-funded clinical trial for tinnitus to date and is supported by a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health.

For more information or to enroll in the study, contact Anne Gehringer at 319-353-8760 or

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

STUDY CONTACT: Anne Gehringer, 319-353-8760,

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917