A very experienced research team, with expertise in tinnitus, delivering internet interventions and running research trials have designed this study. Collaborations between these international experts have ensured that this study is of high quality and contains excellent materials. This is an introduction to the team behind this project:
The main researcher of this project is Eldré Beukes who is a Clinical Scientist in Audiology. She will be the clinician throughout the programme due to a wealth of clinical experience from various hospitals, including working at Cambridge Universities Hospital Trust. She also has a strong training background and teaches at Anglia Ruskin University. She won the Richard May prize as best Audiological Scientist Trainee and has presented research at international conferences. This study will form part of the work for her PhD, which she is currently undertaking.
Claire Gatenby is a Hearing Therapist and leads the tinnitus service team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of London and a Certificate of Hearing Therapy. She has extensive clinical experience in tinnitus and hyperacusis rehabilitation and runs the East of England Tinnitus Network and often gives tinnitus related talks.
Sam Nutt is a Senior Audiologist and is part of the tinnitus service team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She has a Diploma of Higher Education in Audiology and extensive clinical experience in hearing aid assessment, fittings as well as tinnitus and hyperacusis rehabilitation.
Alex Ryan is an Audiologist and is part of the tinnitus service team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She has a BSc in Audiology from the University of Leeds. She has extensive clinical experience in adult rehabilitation and is currently completing the High Training Scheme in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.
Julie Lloyd is a Senior Audiologist and the lead of tinnitus services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. She has obtained a BSc in Hearing Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University. She has extensive clinical experience in tinnitus counselling, adult and paediatric hearing assessments, adult hearing aid fittings and rehabilitation and hearing therapy.
Corinne Bailey is Head of Audiology at Hinchingbrooke. She obtained her MSc in Audiology at Southampton University and completed her Audiological Scientist training at Cambridge Universities Hospital Trust. Corinne’s special clinical interests include tinnitus counselling, adult and paediatric hearing assessments and fittings and vestibular assessments and rehabilitation.
Emma King is a Clinical Audiologist at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. She has a degree in Psychology as well as an MSc in Audiology. She has furthermore completed her Audiological Scientist training in Portsmouth. Emma’s clinical focus is on tinnitus counselling, vestibular testing and rehabilitation, and complex adult testing and rehabilitation.
Rachel Robinson is a Specialist Audiologist at Milton Keynes University Hosptial. She leads the Tinnitus clinic and specialises in providing tinnitus and hyperacusis counselling for both adults and children. She is a member of the British Tinnitus Association and the East of England Tinnitus Network.
Dr David Baguley is Head of Service: Audiology/Hearing Implants at Cambridge University Hospitals and is a Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University. He is well known as a Clinical Tinnitus Specialist and researcher. He has devoted a lot of research work to tinnitus, with the aim of understanding this symptom and designing novel and innovative interventions for those with tinnitus. David received the 2015 Recognition Award from the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Practitioners, for Outstanding Services to Audiology. In 2006, he received an International Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology and has twice been awarded the Shapiro Prize from the British Tinnitus Association for tinnitus research (2005, 2008).
Professor Gerhard Andersson is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Linköping University and Affiliated Professor at Karolinska Institute. He is also devoted to working clinically as a psychologist at the Department of Audiology, as a member of the Tinnitus team. He is one of the leading specialists on internet interventions for a range of conditions and developed the concept of online tinnitus interventions. His numerous publications and books have enriched the tinnitus and psychology research fields. He won two prestigious awards in 2014, the Swedish Psychologist Award as well as the Nordic prize in medicine.
Dr Vinaya Manchaiah currently holds the Jo Mayo Endowed Professor position at Lamar University, USA. He has served in many clinical, educational, research and management roles, which has given him a wide range of experience in the area of hearing healthcare. His expertise lies in internet interventions relating to hearing sciences. External activities including being Co-founder and President of a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, Audiology India and previously serving on the Board of Directors for the British Academy of Audiology.
Professor Peter Allen is Professor of Optometry and Visual Science at Anglia Ruskin University. He is furthermore Director of the University Eye Clinic and Head of the Visual Function and Physiology Research group. His areas of expertise include vision and reading, vision in sports and visual function in specialist populations. He is well-known for his research work internationally and his numerous publications. In 2013 he was awarded the Neil Charman Medal, a prestigious award in optical research, in recognition of his work on visual stress and the link between reading difficulties and perceptual distortion.
George Vlaescu is the Information Technology Systems administrator at Linköping University. He is responsible for the technical aspects of the project, due to a great deal of experience administrating various technical platforms for international projects and studies. He will assist with questions related to the web pages and questionnaires.
Matt East is Learning Technologist for the Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University. He assists with curriculum design, using digital media, social media, mobile technologies and online assessment. As part of this project, he is involved in the production and development of media objects, the design and approach to course development and general use of technology.