Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What research is going on?

Our research goals are to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Working with Nottingham Audiology Services, researchers are exploring ways to help people directly with their hearing difficulties, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Who funds our research?

Many of our research projects are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – the research arm of the NHS. We also conduct research that is funded through other government funding schemes, charities and industry.

What is Patient and Public Involvement?

Known as PPI for short, patient and public involvement is about doing research 'with' or 'by' patients and the public rather than 'to', 'about' or 'for' them.  It is about researchers and the public working in partnership to improve the quality of research. The National Institute for Health Research is very supportive of PPI.  INVOLVE is their National Advisory Body on PPI and their website has a wealth of resources. We cover expenses and have an honorary payments policy for people who get involved in our work.

How can I take part in research?

If you would like to join our database and be contacted about studies you may be eligible for, please complete the online 'Get Involved' form.

It is up to you whether or not to take part in any particular study. If you do take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. This will not affect any future standard of care you receive within the NHS.

I have limited mobility but would like to take part in hearing research

Some of the research we do is online, such as asking participants to complete surveys relating to hearing research, or asking for participants’ views on certain research questions.  We are very grateful for the help of online participants.

What if I need communication support?

If you need communication support, such an interpreter, please let the researcher know what you need and we will provide it at no cost to you.

What if I'm not suitable for a particular study?

We are building up a database of people who would like to take part in our research so even if you are not suitable for our current studies we would still like to hear from you, for consideration for future studies.

Will any costs be repaid?

We will repay your travel and parking costs when you attend the unit as part of a research project. Some studies may also offer an inconvenience payment. The amount of travel costs we are able to pay is usually limited to local travel, so please bear this in mind if you are from outside the Nottingham area.

Will my data be kept confidential?

All information that we collect will be kept strictly confidential and will be stored at the National Institute for Health Research Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit (NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU). All data stored electronically will be password protected. Data will be made anonymous using unique participant identity codes that will not include your name or address. Only the project staff will have access to your information, although there may be occasions when this information is looked at by regulatory authorities or ethics committees to check that the study is being carried out correctly. Authorised personnel from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust may also require access to the study information for the purposes of research and development monitoring. In reporting the study at conferences or in publication, all individual test results will be anonymous.

What happens to the results of a research study?

You can request a summary of the results from your chosen study team. The results of the study will be presented at national and international conferences. We will also publish the results in scientific journals. This stage may extend beyond the end of the study.

How will this research help?

The research will find new knowledge to: