Tinnitus is defined as an auditory perception in the absence of any physical source. Almost everyone will experience some form of tinnitus at least once in the lifetime and in most of the cases this sensation disappears within seconds or minutes. However, in approximately 10% of the population the tinnitus persists for more than six months and can remain chronic for the rest of the life.
Even in the chronic case, the perception of the tinnitus can vary during the day and between days being sometimes more and sometimes less perceivable. The variation can depend on many factors including environmental noise, the daily activity, stressful life events, time of the day and much more. Many people have a good feeling of their tinnitus variation and can reconstruct it from memory to some extent - but how was the timeline of the variation exactly? Until recently it was not possible to systematically track the tinnitus perception over several weeks.
With this research project we want to offer a method to track the individual tinnitus perception with a smart phone application. Using the website in conjunction with your phone you can systematically track the variation of your tinnitus and find out how it is associated with your daily routine and activities. Your answers will also help us learn to more about the daily variation of the tinnitus perception, its causes and effects.
We recognize that the service offered by TrackYourTinnitus works with very sensible personal data. Therefore we use the highest data protection standards to ensure the security and confidentiality of your data.
Your data will be completely anonymized. It will not be possible to infer your identity at any time. We will not ask for your full name, your telephone number, your address or any other contact information. The IP-address of your computer will not be saved and any electronic data interchange via the internet will be SSL encoded.
It is not necessary to register with your email address, however, we strongly suggest you to do it. Your email address will be used only in case you forget your password. In this case you will be able to request a new password, which will be sent to your email address. In case you prefer not to use your email address, you can still use the service of TrackYourTinnitus without restrictions.
The scientific results of this research project might be published in scientific journals. In these publications it will not be possible to identify any personal information.
TrackYourTinnitus cannot be used to treat tinnitus
We would like to emphasize here that TrackYourTinnitus is not a medical device. TrackYourTinnitus is a good tool to measure your tinnitus and to find out under which circumstances it goes up or down. Therefore the app can be used to improve the diagnosis, but not to treat the tinnitus.
A worsening of the tinnitus cannot be expected. However, if you feel that your tinnitus is worsening, we want you to stop using TrackYourTinnitus immediately and please get in contact with your medical doctor or therapist.
About the Team
TrackYourTinnitus was developed by the Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) and the Institute for Databases and Information Systems (DBIS) at the University of Ulm. The team members are:
Dr. Winfried Schlee (Tinnitus Research Initiative)
Susanne Staudinger (Tinnitus Research Initiative)
PD Dr. Berthold Langguth (Tinnitus Research Initiative)
PD Dr. Michael Landgrebe (Tinnitus Research Initiative)
Jochen Herrmann (DBIS, University of Ulm)
Rüdiger Pryss (DBIS, University of Ulm)
Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (DBIS, University of Ulm)
Christian Kippes (independent)
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