American Tinnitus Association

Treatments. Intervention. Science.

aka ATA   |   Vienna, VA   |  https://www.ata.org

Mission

The core purpose of the American Tinnitus Association is to promote relief, prevent, and eventually find cures for tinnitus, evidenced by its core values of compassion, credibility, and responsibility.

Ruling year info

1981

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Torryn P. Brazell CAE, CFRE

Main address

8300 Boone Blvd Suite 500

Vienna, VA 22182 USA

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EIN

93-0749558

NTEE code info

Ear/Throat (G42)

Ear and Throat (H42)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (H12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is no cure for Tinnitus to-date, although there are management treatments. The ATA was created as a resource for the under served tinnitus community to help promote relief, help prevent, and help find cures for tinnitus. The association has granted over $6 million in funding for tinnitus research since 1980. Many researchers have gone on to receive sizable grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD/NIH), the Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation based on ATA-funded research. The ATA is the largest group of individual contributors that awards grant money for research relating to tinnitus.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ATA Tinnitus Research Seed Grants

One of the missions of the ATA is to find cures for tinnitus through the funding of research seed grants.  Between 10%-15% of the people in the United States have tinnitus. Grant recipients are awarded between $25,000 to $120,000 per year for any one project.  Projects are seed-projects, with the data utilized to apply for larger, federally funded grants (from the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs).  Full listings of the awarded grants can be found on the ATA website at: http://www.ata.org/research/ata-funded

Population(s) Served
Age groups
People with hearing impairments

The ATA's Tinnitus Advisors Program (TinnAP) provides meaningful and effective guidance from a qualified healthcare professional well versed in tinnitus management, including the psychological challenges of tinnitus distress and anxiety.

Population(s) Served
Health
Age groups

Tinnitus Today magazine is the world’s premier tinnitus magazine that the tinnitus patient community and healthcare provider members receive as a membership benefit. The publication provides inspiring tinnitus patient stories, tinnitus management strategies, choices of tinnitus treatments, tinnitus help tools, and news and updates on research. The magazine is a 2021 Gold Medal Apex Awardee and a 2020 Bronze Medal Awardee from Digital Health Awards.

Population(s) Served
Health
Age groups

The ATA hosts the international "Conversations in Tinnitus" podcasts that focus on current issues in research, and treatment methods for people living with tinnitus. Podcasts topics include: Exploring Noninvasive Neuromodulation for Tinnitus Relief; Habituation to Tinnitus using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Implementing Successful Tinnitus Treatment; Ototoxicity and Tinnitus; and Over-the-Counter Medications for Tinnitus Relief.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with hearing impairments

The ATA strives to further awareness of tinnitus, improve treatments, and provide ongoing support for the 25 million Americans who experience tinnitus. In the United States, 22 independent tinnitus support groups provide an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or firsthand information about tinnitus and treatments. For many people, a health-related support group can fill a gap between medical treatment and the need for emotional support.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with hearing impairments

Where we work

Awards

Tinnitus Today Magazine, Bronze Medal 2020

Digital Health Awards

Podcast: Conversations in Tinnitus 2020

Digital Health Awards

Affiliations & memberships

ATA Tinnitus Today Magazine, EXCEL Gold Medal, Single Topic Issue 2021

ATA Tinnitus Today Magazine, Gold APEX Award for Publication Excellence 2021

ATA Conversations in Tinnitus Podcast, Bronze Medal, Digital Health Awards 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with hearing impairments

Related Program

Tinnitus Advisors Program (TinnAP)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The tinnitus community can seek help from a wide variety of health-care providers. ATA's tinnitus healthcare provider members support our mission by helping tinnitus patients.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with hearing impairments, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

ATA Tinnitus Research Seed Grants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ATA's 17-member Board of Directors donate to the association at a level of $1,000 or more, annually. There is 100% giving participation of the ATA Board.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ATA seeks to improve the lives of people with tinnitus by providing hope of a quieter future through education, advocacy, research, prevention, and support. ATA is the only tinnitus patient-centered membership association that directly funds only tinnitus research and provides high level efforts to improve our understanding of tinnitus, develop better tinnitus treatments, and advance the search for an ultimate cure.

EDUCATION
ATA helps patients and their allies better understand tinnitus, its causes, and the currently available management options that can minimize its impact. We do this by providing the best, most scientifically-grounded information on tinnitus. ATA also works to educate healthcare providers about tinnitus, in order to improve patient access to quality tinnitus management services.

ADVOCACY
ATA is a vocal advocate for a patient community that needs to be heard. We work to increase public awareness of the condition and build support for improved patient support systems. ATA uses its national standing to address barriers in patient care and encourage increased federal funding for tinnitus research.

RESEARCH
ATA is one of very few organizations that funds advanced, independent tinnitus research. ATA supports cutting-edge science, with targeted, annual research grants to innovative and promising projects. Over the last 40 years, we have contributed over $6 million to the search for a cure, and we continue to do so.

SUPPORT
Compassion for people with tinnitus is at the foundation of everything we do. ATA strives to be a trusted and helpful resource for tinnitus patients. Through our programs and interaction with patients, we are building a strong, mutually-supportive and active patient community, across the country and around the world.

ATA will continue to provide these programmatic services until cures for tinnitus are found and all patients have access to the best medical treatment for their condition.

Since 1971, the American Tinnitus Association has been a global leader in the effort to find cures for tinnitus. ATA brings together patients, researchers, healthcare professionals, industry partners, and lawmakers to advance public understanding of tinnitus and fund vital tinnitus research.

ATA is the nation's foremost and trusted organization committed to finding cures for tinnitus and hyperacusis. Our commitment demands focus, determination, strategy and resources. ATA promotes synergy between dedicated medical professionals and researchers who work with and within the tinnitus community. The battle for a cure is real, and will be won through advances in technology and medicine. We fulfill our mission by: (1) funding targeted research projects; (2) providing education, hope and support for the tinnitus community; (3) advocating for effective public policies focused on advancing science towards cures for tinnitus and hyperacusis; and (4) collaborating with others to promote awareness, encourage prevention and to ultimately silence tinnitus.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit association, ATA is driven to support the 16 million Americans struggling with tinnitus. Tinnitus can be a burdensome, confusing, and upsetting condition and patients face many challenges in finding quality healthcare to manage their tinnitus. ATA aims to improve the tinnitus patient experience through compassion, education, empowerment, and advocacy. The ATA goal is simple: we want to help patients quiet tinnitus today by improving access to the most-validated management tools, and to silence tinnitus in the near future by funding advanced research and being an advocate for our membership.

New discoveries are made every year about tinnitus. The medical profession is able to provide improved services to consumers with tinnitus. Those with tinnitus are able to come to ATA and receive support and up to the date information.

Many researchers who have received ATA research seed grand funding have gone on to receive sizable grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD/NIH), the Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation based on ATA-funded research.

But even with these advances, tinnitus remains a serious health threat for everyone. Additional work around prevention and treatment, research, advocacy, education and support needs to be done. ATA will continue to advance its efforts in these areas.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Those who present with tinnitus, plus members, donors, healthcare professionals, and scientific researchers.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The ATA's research program focuses on providing seed grants for the most promising new areas of tinnitus scientific exploration. Because large government research institutions often do not support projects until they have undergone initial exploratory testing that produces data, many good ideas never get off the ground. The ATA covers this funding gap by supporting tinnitus scientists through the preliminary phases of research, strategically kickstarting innovative pilot projects which may later qualify for large-scale funding. Recent Change: In 2021, the ATA moved from a once-a-year funding application opportunity to rolling-grants, making funding available to research scientists year round, 365 days a year. Scientists are a key constituent of the ATA.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The ATA's award-winning print and digital magazine, Tinnitus Today, is a costly publication to produce. The Board of Directors wished to understand the ROI of the magazine and possibly saving money by going to digital distribution only. The ATA staff was issued a directive to survey members as to the importance, need, opinion on print vs digital, etc. of the magazine. Survey results showed that 94% of members said that the magazine was their most important benefit / need. Many surveyed stated that they kept their ATA magazines for years because they are so helpful to them. Members were notified that the print magazine would continue due to the importance of the publication to them.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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American Tinnitus Association

Board of directors
as of 04/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Hadley

No Affiliation

Term: 2023 - 2021

Joseph Trevisani

No Affiliation

Dr. Jinsheng Zhang

Wayne State University

William Shatner

Dr. Jill Meltzer

Jill Melter, AuD Consulting, PLLC

John Minnebo

Temple University

David Hadley

Asana

Ron Zagel

Jonathan Stevens Matress Company

Melissa Wikoff

Peachtree Hearing

Dr. Robert Traynor

Robert Traynor Audiology

Robert Scott

Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana

Gordon Mountford

Dr. Phillip Gander

University of Iowa

Dr. Stelios Dokianakis

Holland Doctors of Audiology

Dr. Sharzad Cohen

Hearing Loss Solutions

Dr. Julie Prutsman

Sound Relief Hearing Center

Dr. Sara Downs

Hearing Wellness Center & Tinnitus Treatment Center

Dr. Fatima Hussein

University of Iowa

Dr. Brian Lofman

John F. Kennedy University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/2/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/19/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.