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American Tinnitus Association
June 16, 2011

Let me start by saying that I have been suffering from Tinnitus for quite some time. When my audiologist told me that there was an organization who's sole purpose was to provide information and help for this affliction, I didn't waste any time in logging on to their website. From the first email a few years ago, the staff at ATA have been very helpful in answering questions and providing information on services and products that help in coping with tinnitus.
Something that sets this organization apart from most others is their uncanny ability to keep things personal. By that I mean that the ATA has always maintained a level of professionalism that one would expect from a non-profit organization, but they have always made me feel like they were a small, local group of professionals. They have been responsible for helping me in many ways, from info on relaxation techniques to help me get through the rough days, to obtaining my sound pillow which provides needed "white noise" to help me sleep better at night. They have fielded many phone calls and emails from me, helping me to find specialists in my area, give me info on current research projects, and linking me up with a support group that recently started up in my area (who knows how long I would have gone before discovering it on my own).
They are upfront about letting you know that, while there is not yet a cure, their ultimate goal is to find one.
The annual Tinnitus walk has been a great way for me to get the word out to others, and also do my small part in helping to raise funds for research.

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The wealth of information that ATA has provided, which has helped me to better understand and cope with my tinnitus.

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

Be more aggressive in doing my part to let my senators/congressmen and other appropriate groups realize the importance of the ATA's mission. I believe funding is key, and I truly believe that the ATA is making the most out of every dollar to reach their goal, but the key to their ultimate success is to reach more people, and that requires funding.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

My audiologist

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Annual Tinnitus Walks; Spread word to others about the ATA website through word of mouth and by wearing the ATA t-shirts.