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.
One could reasonably say that tinnitus isn't a terribly sexy condition and that tinnitus fundraising must be a tough job. And that's probably true. But although tinnitus won't kill you, it can make your life miserable and your mental health a wreck. I am a tinnitus sufferer and supporter and what ATA provides for me is support, ideas for products to help me manage my symptoms and notices about local tinnitus sufferers' meetings. I am proud to support their mission and their research for a cure.
As the husband of a severe tinnitus sufferer, I can attest to how difficult this affliction can be. Like many millions of other sufferers, my wife struggles each day to live a normal life despite the persistent noise that only she can hear. As maddening as the noise can be, it's equally maddening we know so little about how to silence it. The American Tinnitus Association is one of the few entities that gives hope to tinnitus sufferers and their families. They are advancing research into cures and enlightening policy makers in Washington, D.C. Importantly, ATA also raises awareness about tinnitus among the general public and they provide forums where those suffering from it can gather to discuss treatments and coping mechanisms.
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.