Hearing Power awarded the Global Connections Fund Bridging Grants
Funding will support research for the validation of the virtual coach “Tinnibot” for tinnitus sufferers
The Australian’s Global Connection Fund has awarded Australian startup Hearing Power a grant to collaborate with Leeds Trinity University (UK) to design new treatment for tinnitus sufferers. The grant is designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships to grow a strong collaboration which leads to the translation of research knowledge into market ready products or services.
The results of the grant were announced by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology The Hon Karen Andrews MP. You can view the media release here.
Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but it also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. Tinnitus is common, with at least two-thirds of Australians experiencing it at some point in their lives. In some people, tinnitus can become a distressing symptom, and it can cause stress and increase your risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Counselling can help you develop coping techniques to deal with tinnitus. This is especially useful if it is causing significant stress and stopping you from doing things. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that involves identifying and challenging negative thinking patterns, and developing alternative, more positive, ways of thinking and acting.
Recent research has demonstrated that CBT delivered through the internet can help in how you respond to your tinnitus allowing a significant improvement in the depression associated with tinnitus and quality of life.
Today, as the need for mental health services continues to surpass availability, people in distress can reach out online to mental health “chatbots”. This project will develop a much-needed support tool for tinnitus, accessible to the English-speaking world through an engaging conversational agent (i.e. chatbot) called “Tinnibot”.