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 ATA has been there when I have needed them in the past. I first ran across them online when I was searching for info about my tinnitus, and then followed up with them for more information. They sent a great info packet and I did wind up sending in my membership money. I figured it was a pretty good deal, and I was right! I have been happy with the magazine (Tinnitus Today) and get some good email updates as well. I am hoping that our support will lead to a cure soon, and the research that the ATA funds (and helps get the Gov't to fund!) seems to be getting closer and closer. I hope to one day be able to enjoy "silence" again.
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.