American Tinnitus Association

Research. Prevent. Educate.

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 Brazell CAE

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.  Over 25,000,000 people in the United States have tinnitus. Grant recipients are awarded between $25,000 to $60,000 per year, with a maximum of $120,000 over two years 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 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

Affiliations & memberships

ATA Tinnitus Today Magazine, 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

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

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 and are required to be licensed by their state.

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.
  • 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Tinnitus Association

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Jill Meltzer

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Dr. LaGuinn Sherlock

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Joseph Trevisani

No Affiliation

Dr. Ted Turesky

Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Jinsheng Zhang

Wayne State University

William Shatner

Dr. Michael Hoffer

Miami Ear Institute

Dr. Jill Meltzer

Jill Melter, AuD Consulting, PLLC

John Minnebo

Temple University

Bar-Giora Goldberg

David Hadley

Dropbox

Ron Zagel

Jonathan Stevens Matress Company

Melissa Wikoff

Peachtree Hearing

Dr. Robert Traynor

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

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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