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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2016 – May 16-20

Make Some Noise to Silence Tinnitus

Join the American Tinnitus Association In Raising Awareness about Tinnitus and Hyperacusis!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Born – jennifer@ata.org

Help Raise Awareness to Quiet Tinnitus During Tinnitus Awareness Week

 – ATA Challenge: Make the “Right Kind of Noise” About Tinnitus and Hyperacusis –

Portland, Ore. – The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is challenging the tinnitus community to “Make Some Noise” about tinnitus and hyperacusis during National Tinnitus Awareness Week, May 16-20, 2016. Tinnitus, commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears” impacts up to 50 million people in the United States (U.S.) alone and has been the leading service-connected disability for veterans from all periods of service since 2009, accounting for 1.2 million veterans. Hyperacusis is a sensitivity to sound – sounds that are typically tolerated well by people who do not have hyperacusis – that can sometimes cause physical pain. Both conditions can be caused or exacerbated by exposure to environmental noise.

“Tinnitus and hyperacusis are real public health concerns that most people do not know about and unfortunately do not fully realize the devastating impacts these conditions can have until they develop them,” said Melanie West, Chair of ATA’s Board of Directors. “Tinnitus and hyperacusis can ruthlessly reduce an individual’s quality of life, leaving them socially isolated, anxious or depressed,” said West. “Because of the lack of general awareness about these conditions, this year during Tinnitus Awareness Week, we challenge all those with tinnitus and hyperacusis to ‘Make Some Noise’ and raise awareness of what it’s like to live with these conditions – tell your friends, co-workers and doctors,” West said.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), of the 50 million people in the United States with tinnitus 20 million are chronically affected, with disruptions in their sleep, concentration and mood, and in some cases impacting their ability to remain employed and even leave their homes for even short periods of time. These 20 million individuals are more likely to seek medical treatment for their condition.

ATA’s mission was recently updated to include hyperacusis because of the number of people with both of these conditions and the growing body of research demonstrating possible common mechanisms between the two. ATA also recently launched a new educational webinar series and during Tinnitus Awareness Week, ATA will broadcast a live webinar about Hyperacusis. Members of the public are invited to register for this webinar and learn more about Hyperacusis and how it relates to tinnitus. To learn more or register for this webinar, visit ATA.org.

While there is no quick solution to tinnitus, there are management strategies that can provide relief. The American Tinnitus Association has developed a Patient Roadmap on its newly redesigned website that can help patients navigate the sometimes confusing path of tinnitus treatment. In addition ATA can help people get connected with tinnitus health professionals who can help devise a customized management strategy.

During Tinnitus Awareness Week the American Tinnitus Association will be engaging the tinnitus community through Social Media on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Helpful information and articles about tinnitus treatments and research will be posted to these pages every day during Tinnitus Awareness Week. Visit Facebook.com/AmericanTinnitusAssociation to participate in this year’s national Tinnitus Awareness Week.

About the American Tinnitus Association

The American Tinnitus Association, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the nation’s foremost organization committed to improving the lives of people with tinnitus and hyperacusis through education, advocacy and research toward a cure. For 45 years, ATA has helped patients understand and manage the “ringing in their ears” and raised resources to advance tinnitus research.  Since its founding in 1971, ATA has offered information, support, advice, and hope for people living with tinnitus, and has contributed over $6 million in “seed” funding to medical research projects focused on finding solutions for tinnitus and hyperacusis. For more information, please visit ATA.org.

Starting an Important New Topic: Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

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I was waiting for an opportune time to introduce a very important health topic: tinnitus and hearing loss. Now that it is Tinnitus Awareness Week, I can wait no longer.

My problem with tinnitus—ringing in the ears—started 37 years ago after I had my wisdom teeth pulled. That was in 1977, and I haven’t had a quiet day since. My struggle with this problem intensified recently when I discovered that my hearing in certain frequencies—mostly those that involve voices—had decreased markedly, which means not only that external sounds no longer serve to “mask” the internal cacophony very well, but I am starting to be left out of conversations.

But this conversation is just beginning, and I will be telling my story very soon and sharing more information. So please watch this space.

In the meantime, if you or someone you care about is suffering from tinnitus and/or hearing loss, please take advantage of Tinnitus Awareness Week and learn more from the American Tinnitus Association. Information from their website follows.


Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014

May 18-24, 2014

May 18-24, 2014 is Tinnitus Awareness Week, an annual event coordinated by ATA to raise public awareness of the condition and help develop resources to silence tinnitus. Tinnitus Awareness Week is traditionally held in May, which was designated as “National Better Hearing and Speech Month” by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

Each weekday of Tinnitus Awareness Week, the ATA will issue a national press release, promoting a specific component or project in our ongoing mission to silence tinnitus. Below is a synopsis of the each day’s topics. Full versions of each press release will be available on the day of their publication at www.ata.org/TAW.

  • Monday, May 19
    ATA: Tinnitus an Unacknowledged, Underfunded Public Health Crisis

    May 18-24 is national Tinnitus Awareness Week and the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is using the occasion to call attention to the prevalence and human impact of the condition popularly referred to as “ringing in the ears.”  Millions of Americans struggle with tinnitus–often to a debilitating degree–making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The American Tinnitus Association urges the U.S. government to respond to this public health crisis by allocating additional funds for tinnitus research and including tinnitus management as a reimbursed service in Medicare.
  • Tuesday, May 20
    Treating and Curing Tinnitus Is Part of Our National Commitment to Veterans

    Tinnitus is the leading service-related disability among U.S. veterans, with 9.7% of all vets receiving service-related disability compensation for the condition in 2012. To better serve this deserving population, the American Tinnitus Association urges Congress, the Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs to take a more proactive stance in the treatment of tinnitus and research towards a tinnitus cure.
  • Wednesday, May 21
    ATA’s Research Program: Tinnitus Patients Investing in a Quiet Future

    The American Tinnitus Association, the nation’s premier advocate for tinnitus patients, is also one of the leading funders of advanced tinnitus research. To date, ATA has distributed nearly 6 million dollars in research grants, funding projects that have improved our medical understanding of tinnitus, developed new tinnitus management tools, and laid the foundation for future cures.
  • Thursday, May 22
    Workplace Hearing Protection Could Protect Thousands of Workers from Hearing Loss, Tinnitus

    For nearly 30 years, noise-induced hearing loss has been one of the most prevalent occupational health problems in the United States. Simple steps can significantly reduce the threat to workers.
  • Friday, May 23
    ATA’s Annual Walk Event Raises Awareness and Resources to Silence Tinnitus

    While national Tinnitus Awareness Week may end tomorrow, the effort to treat and cure tinnitus continues, unabated, year-round.  The next major calendar item for tinnitus patients and their supporters is the American Tinnitus Association’s 2014 Jack A. Vernon Walk to Silence Tinnitus, an annual charity event to increase public awareness and resources for tinnitus.  This year’s walk takes place Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Mary S. Young State Park in West Lynn, OR

For more information and additional resources, visit:
www.ata.org/TAW

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