Mission: The American Tinnitus Association exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research.
Programs: Research: the ata stimulates tinnitus research by providing funds inthe form of grants to researchers. In 2013/2014, the ata funded two new research grants totaling $60,000.
advocacy: ata advocates for increases in federal budgets for tinnitus research through the development and implementation of public policies by serving as a resource for objective information for all policy makers and government agency leaders. This year's advocacy efforts resulted in a congressional caucus briefing by the hearing health caucus that focused on tinnitus as the leading service connected disability for veterans and active duty military personnel. Officials from the department of defense and the department of veterans affairs (va) briefed congressional staff on tinnitus and what these departments are doing to address it. A tinnitus specific bill calling for better treatment and more research was also introduced to the house va committee. Our advocacy efforts successfully increased tinnitus research funding through the national institutes of health where it became a priority area for research. For the fourth year in a row the department of defense funded tinnitus research through multiple institutes including the office of naval research and through its congressionally directed medical research programs. These programs allow tinnitus researchers from around the globe to apply for funding to further the study of this condition in military populations.
support: ata produces a triannual magazine, tinnitus today, that informs tinnitus patients of the best treatment options and latest medical research. Ata's support program also provides resources to tinnitus support group volunteers around the country, to facilitate group discussion around tinnitus treatment. Additionally, ata connects tinnitus patients with qualified health professionals for diagnosis and treatment on the association website; ata. Org.
The American Tinnitus Association has been a lifesaver for hundreds of people over the years. Tinnitus can be a devastating malady for those who suffer with it day and night. A good analogy for what tinnitus may be like for some is to strap an electric hair dryer to your head and turn it on and leave it there for the remainder of your life. Sounds unpleasant. It is. I have had tinnitus for 18 years and it changed my life. I look forward to the day when a cure is found. ATA is funding research projects every year. It takes money to fund these projects and that is where the public needs to help. If you can spare a few dollars, or many, go to www.ata.org and contribute. Almost 50% of soldiers are coming back from the wars with tinnitus... they need your help too.