American Tinnitus Association

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) purpose is to promote relief, help prevent, and find cures for tinnitus.[1] Starting in 1980, the association has granted close to $6 million dollars in funding for tinnitus research. Many of these researchers have gone on to receive larger grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) based on ATA-funded research. Contributions to the association also go towards advocacy work in Washington, D.C. [3] It also distributes information about tinnitus, health care professionals.[4] On December 1, 2017, the ATA moved its headquarters from Portland, Oregon to Vienna, VA (Washington, DC Metro Area). [5]

American Tinnitus Association
FoundersJack A. Vernon, Ph.D. and Charles Unice, Ph.D.
Focus"The mission and core purpose of the American Tinnitus Association are to promote relief, help prevent, and find cures for tinnitus, evidenced by its core values of compassion, credibility, and responsibility."[1]
  • Washington, D.C. Metro Area[2]
OriginsPortland, Oregon
Area served
United States
Method • Education
 • Endowments
 • Public policy
Key people
 • Torryn P. Brazell, MS, CAE, Executive Director
 • LaGuinn Sherlock, AuD - Board Chair


The ATA was created as resource for the under served tinnitus community. Many tinnitus patients had been routinely disregarded by physicians who did not have the information they needed to proficiently treat and diagnose tinnitus patients.

Jack Vernon, Ph.D. joined Dr. Charles Unice to form the ATA in 1971. The two met while Dr. Vernon was conducting clinical research at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR and began treating Dr. Unice for his tinnitus condition. With aim to raise money for tinnitus funding, the ATA was born. Portland, OR still serves as base for the organization.

The ATA started in a small studio sized office and was staffed by Portland area volunteers. Since then the ATA has become the largest group of individual contributors that awards grant money for research relating to tinnitus. Until his death in 2010, dr. Vernon was involved with the organization as an honorary board member, patient advocate, and general adviser.[6]

Board of directors

The ATA's board of directors consists of a carefully chosen group of professionals. These professionals includes audiologists, researchers and tinnitus advocates. All participants have been influential in creating a nonprofit organization that aims to serve as a resource for tinnitus sufferers.[7]

The Scientific Advisory Committee

ATA's Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), consists of scientists who are influential in the tinnitus community. The committee is in charge of choosing individuals for the grant awards. To apply for an ATA funded grant, applicants are required to show the relevance of their application to the Roadmap for a cure.[8]

Nonprofit status

The ATA is a 501(c)(3) association.[9]


  1. ^ a b "American Tinnitus Association".
  2. ^ Mark Athitakis, Time to Move? One Association Learned a Few Lessons, Money & Business, December 2017
  3. ^ "About ATA | American Tinnitus Association". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  4. ^ "American Tinnitus Association - - ATA". 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  5. ^ Mark Athitakis, Time to Move? One Association Learned a Few Lessons, Money & Business, December 2017
  6. ^ "The American Tinnitus Association: A Resource for Enhancing Tinnitus Patient Services Cheryl McGinnis, MBA, Executive Director of the American Tinnitus Association. AudiologyOnline". 2001-04-23. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  7. ^ "ATA Board of Directors | American Tinnitus Association". 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  8. ^ "ATA's Scientific Advisory Committee | American Tinnitus Association". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  9. ^ "Charity Review of American Tinnitus Association". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
Barry Manilow

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Health effects from noise

Noise health effects are the physical and psychological health consequences of regular exposure, to consistent elevated sound levels. Elevated workplace or environmental noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, and sleep disturbance. Changes in the immune system and birth defects have been also attributed to noise exposure.Although presbycusis occur naturally with age, in many countries the cumulative impact of noise is sufficient to impair the hearing of a large fraction of the population over the course of a lifetime. Noise exposure has been known to induce tinnitus, hypertension, vasoconstriction, and other cardiovascular adverse effects. Chronic noise exposure has been associated with sleep disturbances and increased incidence of diabetes. Adverse cardiovascular effects occur from chronic exposure to noise due to the sympathetic nervous system's inability to habituate. The sympathetic nervous system maintains lighter stages of sleep when the body is exposed to noise, which does not allow blood pressure to follow the normal rise and fall cycle of an undisturbed circadian rhythm.Stress from time spent around elevated noise levels has been linked with increased workplace accident rates and aggression and other anti-social behaviors. The most significant sources are vehicles, aircraft, prolonged exposure to loud music, and industrial noise.There are an attributed 10 000 annual deaths as a result of noise in the European Economic Area.

List of people with tinnitus

This is a list of notable people that have been diagnosed with tinnitus.

Tinnitus masker

Tinnitus maskers are a range of devices based on simple white noise machines which are used to add natural or artificial sound into a tinnitus sufferer's environment in order to mask or cover up the ringing. The noise is supplied by a sound generator which may reside in or above the ear or be placed on a table or elsewhere in the environment. The noise is usually white noise or music, but in some cases it may be patterned sound or specially tailored sound based on the characteristics of the person's tinnitus.

The perceived loudness of tinnitus, called sensation level (SL), is how much louder the tinnitus is above the ambient noise of the environment. By raising the ambient level of noise (playing white noise into the ear), the apparent loudness of tinnitus is reduced. The noise level is close to and usually somewhat louder than the perceived loudness of the tinnitus. The generated noise is designed to be a calming, less intrusive sound than the ringing or hissing of tinnitus. Depending on the loudness of the noise, tinnitus may be fully or partially masked. Tinnitus masking cannot reduce or eliminate tinnitus, only reduce awareness of it.

The efficacy of a tinnitus masker may depend on the wearer's capacity to experience residual inhibition, the temporary suppression of tinnitus in response to particular sound patterns.

The mechanism of sound masking can be explained by analogy with light. In a dark room where someone is turning a lamp on and off, the light will be obviously noticeable. However if the overhead lights are turned on, turning on the lamp will no longer be as distracting because it has been "masked".

Tinnitus retraining therapy

Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a form of habituation therapy designed to help people who suffer from tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other sound in the ears when no external sound is present. Two key components of TRT directly follow from the neurophysiological model of tinnitus. One of these principles includes directive counseling aimed at reclassification of tinnitus to a category of neutral signals, while the other includes sound therapy which is aimed at weakening tinnitus related neuronal activity.The goal of TRT is management of tinnitus; there is no evidence that TRT can attenuate or eliminate tinnitus. The efficacy of TRT in reducing the distress of tinnitus has not been established. TRT is not a medical treatment for tinnitus or any other condition, and is not administered by a medical doctor or other medical professional.An alternative to TRT is tinnitus masking, the use of noise, music or other environmental sounds to obscure or mask the tinnitus. Hearing aids can provide a partial masking effect for the condition. Results from a review of tinnitus retraining therapy trials indicate that it may be a more effective treatment than tinnitus masking.

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