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February 23, 2013
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February 23, 2013
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One could reasonably say that tinnitus isn't a terribly sexy condition and that tinnitus fundraising must be a tough job. And that's probably true. But although tinnitus won't kill you, it can make your life miserable and your mental health a wreck. I am a tinnitus sufferer and supporter and what ATA provides for me is support, ideas for products to help me manage my symptoms and notices about local tinnitus sufferers' meetings. I am proud to support their mission and their research for a cure.

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June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

As the husband of a severe tinnitus sufferer, I can attest to how difficult this affliction can be. Like many millions of other sufferers, my wife struggles each day to live a normal life despite the persistent noise that only she can hear. As maddening as the noise can be, it's equally maddening we know so little about how to silence it. The American Tinnitus Association is one of the few entities that gives hope to tinnitus sufferers and their families. They are advancing research into cures and enlightening policy makers in Washington, D.C. Importantly, ATA also raises awareness about tinnitus among the general public and they provide forums where those suffering from it can gather to discuss treatments and coping mechanisms.

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My wife and I have been able to get very thoughtful and helpful information from ATA. Though they're immersed in the science of tinnitus, they undestand that each sufferer is a person with thoughts and feelings.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Significantly increase its funding. Tinnitus is becoming a national epidemic, thanks in large part to the many thousands of veterans who are leaving the theatre of war with permanent hearing damage. The full weight of the United States government should be behind ATA and the effort to understand and mitigate the myriad causes of tinnitus.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

My wife's experience as a tinnitus sufferer.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

It coincides with the ATA annual walk in Portland, Oregon.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Our best chance of solving the problem of tinnitus is to support the ATA.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 18, 2011
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April 18, 2011
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The ATA is globally the most effective tinnitus patient association, providing support and research funding.

As a long time donor of the ATA research fund, I have been delighted to see their overall shift towards medical research in the past years. Nevertheless, support and patient
information remain important — it also ensures that an organization remains 'connected' to its constituency — so I am happy to see that ATA retains its integrative view.

The staff has always been willing to listen to my ideas and suggestions, and some of their volunteers are known for giving tinnitus support on various online forums.

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Since I'm from Europe, I have not experienced ATA's support sessions which are America-based; my appreciation is based most on funding of high quality studies into tinnitus neuroscience and tinnitus management.

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Expand international reach; make more use of online networking (e.g. set up a forum for patients); liaison with research-focused orgs such as the Tinnitus Research Initiative and British RNID to create a common roadmap and align research efforts.

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