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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ear & Throat Diseases, Ear & Throat Diseases Research, Health

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was recently diagnosed with Meniere's disease and nocturnal tinnitus is one of my symptoms. While initially discouraged and seeking another diagnosis that would let me hope that it would be a temporary condition, I am starting to use coping skills I learnt through the ATA. I find them very helpful and always ready to answer to my questions. I just wish they had a local chapter in the Northeastern US.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Barbara D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My experience with the ATA has been a positive one.

I was diagnosed with Subjective Tinnitus in November of 2009. For the first three months, I felt completely isolated with my condition until I joined the ATA. I don’t regret one moment of that decision. Their support site has allowed me to not feel alone in my struggle to cope with the noise in my head. Whether it’s been one month or 25 years, living with Tinnitus is never easy. It challenges us in ways that others cannot imagine. “It’s maddening”, as one friend quoted. Talking with others on the ATA support site has given me hope for the future. I’m most impressed with the people who work for the ATA. They consistently have a presence on the support site with updates on meetings and the latest news on research and tinnitus treatments. The staff has also been most accommodating to me with prompt responses related to any questions or concerns. It’s comforting to know that this organization is fighting for us every day. I’m proud to be a member of the American Tinnitus Association.