Our recent research has identified environmental risk factors of chronic tinnitus in a college-aged population. This study found that a large portion of variability in chronic tinnitus cannot be explained by environmental risk-factors. Therefore, a genetic association study is required to identify genetic risk factors that cause chronic tinnitus. Our short-term goal is to identify detailed phenotypic and genotypic profiles of chronic tinnitus. The phenotypic profile of chronic tinnitus will be constructed by utilizing a non-invasive audiological test battery. The long-term aim of this research line is to identify the confluence of environmental, audiological and genetic risk factors that cause chronic tinnitus. Genetic association analysis continues to be an area of interest due to its potential for effectively preventing and successfully treating chronic tinnitus.
Bhatt, I. (2017). Prevalence and risk factors for tinnitus and tinnitus-related handicap in a college-aged population. Ear and Hearing, doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000503 [PDF]
Bhatt, I., Rhodes, N. & Wood, K. (Accepted). Analysis of Tinnitus in a College-aged Population. Research Podium Presentation at Arizona Speech and Hearing Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Bhatt, I. Prevalence and Audiological Factors Associated with Tinnitus is a College-aged Population. Research Poster Presentation at AudiologyNOW!, 2017. Indianapolis, IN. [Poster]
Skelton, M., Bhatt, I. & Guthrie, O. (2015). Risk Factors for Self-Reported Tinnitus in US Youth: Data from the NHANES (2005-2010). Research Poster Presentation at AudiologyNOW!, 2016. Phoenix, AZ. [Poster]