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American Tinnitus Association
April 18, 2011

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.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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.

MY ROLE:
Donor & Long time donor to the ATA research fund.