Milena Engelke

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg

As part of my PhD, I would like to look at personalized tinnitus therapy and the possibility of supporting it with app-based interventions. About 15% of the population is affected by tinnitus, and at the same time there are few evidence-based treatments. This is largely due to the heterogeneity of tinnitus, which makes finding an effective treatment difficult. App-based therapies have the potential to address both the problem of care and the problem of heterogeneity because they can be provided to many people cost-effectively and can be individualized to meet the needs of those affected. They can also record symptoms longitudinally and under natural conditions, providing deeper insight into individual tinnitus expression that can be used both clinically-therapeutically and scientifically.