Page 1: Introduction

In December 2020, the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) held a roundtable discussion on hearing loss and tinnitus research and how to further develop research capacity and capability to improve patient outcomes. The main action agreed at the event was the development of a 5-year (2023-2028) UK Action Plan for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Research which aims to set out the conditions to grow and sustain hearing and tinnitus research in the UK. It will do this by identifying actions to: 

  • Build research infrastructure and establish a research culture 

  • Build capacity within the NHS to support research  

  • Grow capability including the next generation of research leaders and clinical academics 

  • Increase opportunities for patients and the public to be involved and participate in research.  

To help set goals for research and decide strategic steps required to achieve these goals, we need to understand the experiences and opinions of researchers working on hearing loss and tinnitus. 

For more information on the Action Plan and research team, please see

Is this survey for me?

We are inviting responses from academic researchers and healthcare professionals delivering research on hearing loss or tinnitus in the UK. This includes those working in basic/discovery science, translational,  applied/clinical research, or on research policy. For the purposes of this survey, we have defined these as:

  • Basic/discovery research: new fundamental discoveries with the aim of improving scientific theories.
  • Translational research: investigating if new discoveries are of potential benefit to patients. This is the stage after basic/discovery research but before applied/clinical research.
  • Applied/clinical research: this is applied healthcare research required to address uncertainties before adoption of, for example, a diagnostic test or treatment into clinical practice.
  • Research policy: analysing and responding to challenges posed by innovation, technology, research and development (R&D) and science. 


The survey contains 22 questions (multiple choice and open ended) asking about your experiences of research on hearing loss and/or tinnitus.  

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete, but you can take as much time as you like. It is up to you how much you write for each section. We appreciate and welcome any length of answer you provide.  

Your responses will only be viewed by the researchers working on the Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Action Plan. We are not collecting identifiable information and will not be able to identify you from the answers you submit.

The survey findings will be used to develop the Action Plan and may also be summarised and disseminated through conferences and articles. 

Your responses are important to us, so we thank you very much for taking the time to participate in this survey.  

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the research team:  

By continuing to the next page, you are agreeing to take part in the survey.