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Hearing Check-Up


Currently recruiting heathy volunteers with or without tinnitus

What is the aim of study?

At the moment, we are looking for participants with and without tinnitus, so that we can compare the brain responses of each group and understand the respective underlying mechanisms thoroughly.


What will I do?

You will be sent a quick online questionnaire to ensure eligibility. Then, you will visit the lab, which should last around 2 hours. We will do our best to find a convenient date/time for you.


During the visit, there will be a hearing test. Participants with tinnitus will complete a quick computer task to let us know the pitch of their tinnitus. All participants will be asked to complete a quick auditory computer task which involves adjusting the volume of different frequencies. The task will be followed by an MRI brain scanning. MRI measures blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal which your brain blood flow gives off naturally as brain regions become activated while we play you various sounds, mainly short beeps. It is painless, and safe, as long as you do not have any magnetic metal implants (such as pacemakers). Before being invited to the Centre a researcher will check that you are suitable for scanning using MRI. Once you have removed any metal you are wearing or carrying, you will be asked to sit or lie down with your head inside the scanner for up to 60 minutes and watch a subtitled movie of your choice on Netflix/BBC whilst sounds are played to you through headphones.

Who can take part?

  • You should NOT have tinnitus due to a specific physical source (e.g. pulsatile tinnitus)

  • You should be generally healthy with no recent bouts of ill health

  • If you are a control participant (without tinnitus), then ideally, you should be around 50-70 years old



You will receive £30 as a thank you for taking part plus local commuting expenses reimbursed

Where will it take place?

All testing will take place at the UCL Welcome Center for Human Neuroimaging in London (12 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AZ)


If you are interested in taking part please get in touch or fill in the form below!


Thank you for your interest in our research.
If you would like to participate in this study, please click on the button below to complete the Pre-Screening Questionnaire. 

This will help us determine whether you are eligible for the study. 

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