Making tinnitus research more accurate by finding new ways to measure behavioral evidence of tinnitus in chinchillas.
Principal Investigator: Vijaya Prakash Krishnan Muthaiah, PT, PhD
Awarded: July 2020
Sponsor: Department of Defense
Description: To characterize the behavioral evidence of blast-induced tinnitus in chinchillas using Preyer’s reflex (flexion of pinna) as a reliable marker of the startle response along with whole-body movement and by adopting a new statistical approach, rather than by simple averaging of measured pre-pulse inhibition (PPI) values.