My Nonprofit Reviews
Mark w. Church
Review for American Tinnitus Association, Portland, OR, USA
I first developed Tinnitus 11 years ago. It came on quickly and I sought medical treatment from my ENT doctor within the week. Following an exam, I was told that my ears are fine and that I had something called Tinnitus. I knew nothing about Tinnitus and asked what couldbe done for it. I was told nothing, I was told to go home and live with it. I paniced at the thought of living with this sound intrution 24x7, 365 days a year. I was in great dispair and became very anxious and depressed. I frantically search the web for a magic elixer or therapy to stop the ringing. I ran across the ATA website and they had a support line which I called. I explained my situation to the support person and she could sense the panic in my voice. She started by reassuring me that things could be done to alleviate the symptoms and she also told me that they were working hard with researchers all around the world to solve this problem. She did not offer me a cure but she did offer me hope. And hope is a powerful thing for someone at the end of their rope. With the help of the ATS, I've learn to live with my Tinnitus and utilitze many of the coping techniques suggested by them. Had it not been for me stumbling across there website 11 years ago, I'm not sure the story would have ended so well. I'm a big advocate of the ATA, they do very important work.
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Saint Louis with the St. Louis chapter of a ATA support group.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Lobby the American Medical Association (AMA) to educate thier member (doctors) to refer their patients afflicted with Tinnitus to the ATA.
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