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Our Personal Hearing Heroes: The American Tinnitus Association

American Tinnitus Association

At Heroes of Hearing, one of our main areas of expertise is helping people manage tinnitus.

We understand how distressing the persistent phantom sounds of tinnitus can be, so we consider finding ways to treat and cure this condition to be of paramount importance. That’s why we’ve chosen the American Tinnitus Association as one of our personal heroes.

The Trouble With Tinnitus

A staggering 45 million Americans are affected by tinnitus, with the constant din in their ears ranging from ringing to roaring and from buzzing to clicking.

Tinnitus can have some pretty troubling side effects, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Concentration problems
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress

The Mission of the American Tinnitus Association

Enter the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a nonprofit organization that promotes relief for people suffering from tinnitus and advocates for its prevention. The ATA also works to bring attention and scientific focus to this disorder, with its efforts including the funding of target research projects.

Prevention

One of the ways the ATA works to silence the sound of tinnitus is by educating people about prevention. Here at Heroes of Hearing, we agree that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

One of the main causes of tinnitus is exposure to loud noise. We advise our patients—particularly those who are regularly exposed to loud noise—to get fitted with custom earplugs. Ear protection is especially important for:

  • Construction workers
  • Concert or sporting event aficionados
  • Musicians
  • Swimmers

Relief

The ATA also works to educate tinnitus sufferers and their allies on the latest tinnitus management tools.

At Heroes of Hearing, we stay up-to-date on effective tinnitus treatments so we can help alleviate our patients’ symptoms. These include:

  • Sound therapy
  • Hearing aids with built-in tinnitus management tools
  • Counseling

Finding a Cure

Over the last 35 years, the American Tinnitus Association has contributed nearly $6 million in grants to scientists working toward a cure. The ATA seeks to share any scientific breakthroughs with people suffering from tinnitus and the hearing professionals that treat them.

This component of the ATA’s mission is hugely important for people living with tinnitus because the lack of a cure is one of the most dispiriting aspects of this condition.

Community

Despite the large number of people who have tinnitus, those with this disorder can feel very alone. Without help and guidance, they may experience a sense of hopelessness and despair.

With this in mind, the American Tinnitus Association has a vigorous outreach program that provides a sense of community to people with tinnitus.

The ATA sponsors a regular “Conversations in Tinnitus” podcast and also provides resources for people interested in forming a tinnitus support group in their area. These groups let tinnitus sufferers gather face-to-face, sharing advice and support and receiving education from local hearing professionals.

The ATA also helps coordinate the efforts of people who have volunteered to communicate with fellow tinnitus sufferers through telephone and email. Help Network volunteers provide compassion and support to their correspondents, often by simply by sharing their own experiences and perspectives.

If you or a loved one is plagued by tinnitus, contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our tinnitus experts at Heroes of Hearing.

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