At ATA, we understand that tinnitus can initially dominate the lives of people who must cope with it daily. At times it can feel overwhelming, as you struggle with disrupted sleep, managing work, maintaining relationships and generally going about the business of living your life.
Learning more about tinnitus, reaching out for a professional's help and taking advantage of available resources are among the ways patients can manage their disorder. All these resources provide support while the search for a tinnitus cure continues.
Access a list of self-identified tinnitus experts on ATA's Health Professional Listing, a free service provided by ATA.
What questions should you ask your provider? Here's a list of helpful questions to help you maximize your time together and get relief for your tinnitus.
ATA provides guidance to support groups that in turn give tinnitus sufferers an important connection with others. Support groups offer people with tinnitus the opportunity to share knowledge, experience, strength and hope. Guest speakers discuss the latest in tinnitus treatment, research and other topics.
- Find a support group near you.
- No support group in your area? Take a look at our support group materials and volunteer to start one.
- Lend one-on-one support via phone, email or mail to others who have tinnitus.
If you would like to start a support group or become a help network volunteer please contact email@example.com.
Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs can affect/worsen existing tinnitus or, in some cases, cause tinnitus as a side effect and damage one's hearing (ototoxicity). Before you consider any change in your medication(s) or treatment strategy, consult with your personal physician. Ask questions, and be sure to mention other medications, supplements and vitamins you currently take.
The Center for Hearing Loss Help
The Center for Hearing Loss Help recently released a comprehensive list of the 563 drugs, herbs and chemicals that are known to be associated with tinnitus. The 30 page 2013 list of “Prescription Medications, Over-the-Counter Drugs, Herbs & Chemicals Associated with Tinnitus” is available free for download.
Also, read a helpful article from Neil Bauman, Ph.D., that appeared in the April 2009 issue of Tinnitus Today.
The American Tinnitus Association links to websites that it thinks you will find helpful. These links are provided for information only and do not constitute an endorsement by ATA of their contents or services.
- Acoustic Neuroma Association
- Acoustic Neuroma Association of New Jersey
- American Academy of Audiology
- American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Inc.
- ALDA (late-deafened adults)
- American Auditory Society
- American Otological Society
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)
- Better Hearing Institute
- The Citizens Coalition Against Noise Pollution
- Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (HEAR)
- Hearing Health Foundation
- Hearing Loss Association of America
- House Ear Institute
- Hyperacusis Network
- International Hearing Society
- Jaw Joints & Allied Musculo-Skeletal Disorders Foundation, Inc.
- League for the Hard of Hearing
- National Hearing Conservation Association
- National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation
- Noise Free America
- Noise Pollution Clearinghouse
- Pavoh: Make Your Music
- Quiet Classrooms
- Sight and Hearing Association
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Academy of Neurology
- American Neurotology Society
- American Society on Aging (ASA)
- BHI Online Hearing Test
- Dangerous Decibels
- Deaf Linx
- Drug Dangers
- Listening Ears
- National Council on the Aging
- National Health Council
- Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Medline Plus Health Information
- National Institute of Health
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
- Social Security Administration
- Thomas: U.S. Congress on the Internet
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Find your U.S. Congressional Representative
- U.S. National Library of Medicine
- U.S. Senate
- Find Your U.S. Senator
- The White House
- United States Congress
- Action on Hearing Loss
- Australian Tinnitus Association
- BC Balance & Dizziness Disorders Society
- The British Tinnitus Association
- C.A.B.A. Centro de Acufenos de Buenos Aires
- The Canadian Tinnitus Foundation
- Deafness Research UK
- Foreningen Lydhoer
- French Tinnitus Association
- German Tinnitus League
- Gibraltar Hearing Impaired and Tinnitus Association
- The Netherlands Tinnitus Association
- Tinnitus Association of Canada
- Tinnitus Association of Victoria
- Tinnitus Research Initiative Foundation