Published: 12 September 2017 at 15:25
British Tinnitus Association’s annual research prize goes to online treatment study
A project led by a PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University has been awarded a prestigious research prize by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA).
The Marie & Jack Shapiro Prize is an annual award presented to the research “most likely to result in improved treatment or public awareness of tinnitus”.
The winning study was led by Eldré Beukes, who worked alongside Anglia Ruskin colleague Professor Peter Allen, George Vlaescu, Vinaya Manchaiah, Viktor Kaldo, Gerhard Anderson and David Baguley, an Honorary Professor of Audiology at Anglia Ruskin.
Eldré created and tested an online service that used internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) to help those with tinnitus better manage their symptoms. This online service aims to reduce the distress, anxiety and depression associated with the condition. The techniques used help sufferers cope with the emotional and physical side-effects such as stress, lack of concentration and insomnia.
After selecting the winning paper from a shortlist of 12, the BTA judges said that the paper:
The prize was presented to Eldré and Professor Baguley by the Falklands War veteran, author and speaker Simon Weston CBE at the BTA’s 24th Annual Conference in Sheffield.
David Stockdale, Chief Executive of the British Tinnitus Association, said: