David began by giving us a brief introduction to the BTA, but the main part of his talk focused on the search for a ‘cure’. Research into tinnitus has always been hampered by the lack of an agreed objective method of measuring the severity of tinnitus – if you can’t properly measure it, how can you quantify the effects of a treatment? Also, what does a ‘cure’ mean – for some people it may mean a permanent cessation of unwanted noise; for others, it may simply mean being able to cope and manage the condition effectively. The BTA is currently spearheading international efforts to establish an agreed method for measuring tinnitus.
We heard about several very promising on-going research programmes, and we learnt about the BTA’s bid to highlight the problems of tinnitus in children and young people, which is the theme of this year’s Tinnitus Awareness Week taking place from 5–11 February. Overall, David delivered a very positive message about the search for a ‘cure’ and the good work being done by the BTA.
We then adjourned for refreshments and a chance to peruse our large array of information leaflets and look over our equipment. There were several new faces at the meeting, and everyone agreed it was a splendid get-together. Our thanks to David for travelling all the way down from Sheffield to talk to our group.