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Tinnitus: the Neuroscience of A Diver’s Phenomenon


Tue 18 Mar 2014, 10:00am–12:00pm

Where: Northcity Church, 95a Sawyers Arms Rd, Papanui, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Dragana

Tinnitus is the name given to noises in the ears and/or head that are unrelated to any outside sound. Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease, and is related to some underlying problem such as hearing loss, whiplash or other trauma. Tinnitus is a problem in the auditory (hearing) pathway or in the central nervous system of the brain and affects up to 20 percent of the general population in New Zealand, of these about one percent experience it to a disturbing, debilitating degree. Some occupational sectors, such as musicians, divers and those working in constantly noisy environments are at higher risk of tinnitus.
In this free public lecture, Professor Van Dijk will explain the intricacies of tinnitus, outline current knowledge about the causes, and provide a review of the latest research.

Dr Pim Van Dijk is Professor of Audiology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and is a member of the global Tinnitus Research Initiative.

Professor Van Dijk has a unique academic background: he studied physics with minors in mathematics and musicology, and obtained an MSc and PhD in physics from the University of Groningen. He is a certified medical physicist-audiologist, and serves on a multi-disciplinary tinnitus team at the University. Professor Van Dijk’s research interests include clinical audiology, the neuroscience of tinnitus, and the comparative biophysics of the inner ear. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and is on the scientific advisory board of the American Tinnitus Association. He teaches medical students, biomedical engineers and audiologists.

Tuesday 18 March 2014
10.00am for morning tea
10.30am – 12noon lecture and question time

No bookings required
Parking on-site and in surrounding streets
Please arrive early to secure seating

Further details available at or freephone 0508 BRAINS (0508 272 467)

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