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ATA Electronic Newsletter
February 2012 – Volume 2,
A Message from the
Happy New Year from the entire Board, staff and Scientific Advisors of
the American Tinnitus Association.
As we began 2012, we concluded the celebration of ATA's 40th
anniversary. 2011 was a great year and we thank all of you who helped
celebrate such an important milestone. Much progress has been made in
tinnitus research and 2012 promises to bring more good news on the
tinnitus research and treatment front!
There are many exciting events coming up in the
next few months that have been put together by ATA members and
volunteers. Many of these events are fundraisers and much of the money
that will be raised willl be restricted to funding tinnitus research.
This will allow ATA to continue its longstanding tradition of being
pioneers in the field of tinnitus research, as well as allow us to
continue to advance existing good ideas that are leading us all to that
I hope you enjoy reading the first issue of ATA's Electronic Newsletter
for 2012 and that you find it informative, inspirational and most of
helpful to you in your efforts to manage yours or help with a loved
Editor, Tinnitus Today
The second annual AZ Walk to Silence
Tinnitus will take place on
Saturday, March 24, 2012 at beautiful DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
If you live in Arizona, and would like to participate in this event
which will raise money to fund tinnitus research, visit Azwalk.ata.org
and sign up today! You can either start your own team, join any
existing team, or simply donate to the event by joining "Team Arizona."
And, even if you can't be there physically the day of the Walk, you can
still start a team and ask your friends and family to
support crucial tinnitus research by making a donation. We offer the
ability for you to
create a personal team page where you can share a photo and your
On January 7, 2012 the AZ Walk organizing committee held a kick-off
event for the AZ Walk. This event was fully sponsored by Oticon, and
ATA Board Vice Chair, Thomas J. Lobl, Ph.D., gave a great talk on the
state of tinnitus research and how the American Tinnitus Association is
an integral part of the eventual silencing of tinnitus.
The AZ Walk to Silence Tinnitus
is generously sponsored by Lyric,
Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Silere Medical Technology and Starkey.
Visit AZwalk.ata.org for
information or to participate in this event!
If you are interested in starting a new Walk or another event in
city, please contact Wes Breazeale,
ATA Development Director.
annual Tour de
Tinnitus is happening later this year, with riders so far
signed up to ride in three states – Oregon, Florida, and
Missouri. If you are interested in creating your own route
your state, or supporting one of the existing riders, please
Tour page for further details: Bike.ata.org.
The Tour has already generated some publicity with Florida state team
leader Sal Gentile. He was featured in a health segment on the ABC
News affiliate in Tampa, WFTS. To read the story and see the interview
with Sal, click
You can contribute to Sal's team or any of the Tour de Tinnitus 2012 teams here.
All money raised from the Tour de
Tinnitus will be restricted to
funding tinnitus research. If you are interested in becoming part of
the Tour de Tinnitus in the
future, please contact ATA Development
Director, Wes Breazeale.
Congressional Hearing Health Caucus
Briefing on Tinnitus
If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, join the American Tinnitus
Association and Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus for
a lunch briefing on tinnitus and hearing loss, on February 8, 2012. For
more information and details on where and click
Special Edition Red Glitter Kettlebell
supporter Tony Babarino of Fitness Fan Store has graciously agreed to donate 15% of the proceeds
from the sale of the red glitter edition of his popular kettlebell
pendant necklace to ATA. These pewter kettlebell necklaces are designed
to be accurately shaped just like competition kettlebells and are a fun
design for anyone looking for a unique gift for the fitness fans in
You can find the pendants for $34.95 at FitnessFanStore.com,
and your purchase includes free shipping!
|ATA Board and Scientific Advisory Committee
Board member Carol Bauer, M.D., and her team of researchers at Southern
Illinois University, has shown that hearing loss, as well as tinnitus,
can lead to changes within the nerves and the brain chemicals, or
neurotransmitters, of the brain. If these altered pathways and/or
can be better understood, treatments can be developed to reverse these
the full article here.
We all know
listening to our MP3 players too loud or attending a
sporting event can cause your ears to feel clogged or
But new research at
the University of Michigan Health System, led by ATA-funded
and Scientific Advisory Committee member Susan Shore,
suggests over-exposure to noise can actually cause more lasting changes
to our auditory circuitry – changes that may lead to tinnitus. Read the
full article here.
|Winter 2011 Tinnitus Today Available Online
you have a chance to read the Winter 2011 issue of Tinnitus Today yet?
If not, you can read it online in the Members Section of ATA.org.
Simply log in with your last name and member number MERGE_ACCT_NUMBER.
This issue wrapped up coverage of ATA’s 40th anniversary and
included our Annual Report, which gives a snapshot of ATA’s
finances, program area successes and tells you where your membership
contributions have been spent. You can view ATA's Annual Reports
and audited financial statements anytime online at ATA.org/about-ata/annual-reports.
The Spring 2012 issue of Tinnitus
Today will focus on ATA's "Everyday
Heroes," and feature those people who are not scientists, but who have
gone above and beyond in the search for a
tinnitus cure by raising money for research and awareness of tinnitus
in their communities and beyond. It's a great issue that you will not
want to miss!
We'll also get you ready to help raise tinnitus awareness with a
Tinnitus Awareness Week 2012
activities center so you can help us "Go for the Gold" in the fight to
Awareness Week 2012 will be
Stay tuned to ATA.org for more information on Tinnitus Awareness Week
Executive Director Michael Malusevic,
this new "Spotlight ON Tinnitus" video
produced and edited by filmmaker and ATA member Jose Zambrano
played on public television stations throughout the United States
during the first quarter of 2012. Click
here to see the video on ATA's
ATA is putting out a request for video testimonials from our members.
If you have the ability to digitally video record yourself, consider
submitting a video for possible use on our YouTube Channel and on
Videos should be 1-3 minutes in length and should discuss things like:
• How you got your tinnitus
• What it’s like living with tinnitus
• What treatments you’ve tried and degree
• Why you support the American Tinnitus
• Or any other things that you think may be
helpful to others who are living with tinnitus
ATA will review each submission and if your clip is selected you will
be contacted prior to it being posted. ATA reserves the right to edit
or reject all submissions that are deemed to be misleading or
inappropriate in any way.
Please email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line:
New Jersey Musician Does His Part to Raise
Awareness About Tinnitus
Three years ago, New Jersey musician and tinnitus sufferer Roland De
Castro held what would become an
annual event, the Tinnitus Awareness/Benefit Concert, a gathering of
local musicians and their supporters to raise money for the American
Tinnitus Association. De Castro said, “What better way to get
through to musicians than through music and a concert?” Enlisting
the South Jersey Tinnitus Support Group to help and offering free
earplugs at the door - Roland had another successful benefit concert
that helped to raise awareness and funds for tinnitus research on
January 21, 2012.
the Music Stops
UK music critic Nick
Coleman tells his story of tinnitus, and how this devastating condition
impacted his life, career and his world as he knew it. Click
read the full article.
** For all your
“Tinnitus in the News” information, visit ATA.org/news. **
|ATA Support Network Updates
Since October 2011, two new support groups have started and one new
help network volunteer has joined our listing! Thank you to the
individuals who are lending their time to help other tinnitus sufferers!
James Malone* - Jersey Shore Tinnitus Support Group
Gurgen Petrosyan* - Jacksonville, Florida Tinnitus Support Group
Jean L. Younker - Las Vegas Help Network Volunteer
*also a help
To view ATA’s full Support Network listing, and obtain the
contact information for these groups and volunteers visit ATA.org/support.
If you are interested in becoming a support group leader or help
network volunteer, please contact Katie Fuller at email@example.com.
ATA is pleased to
introduce a new member benefit for 2012, the Progressive Tinnitus
Management program (PTM). Developed by ATA Scientific Advisory
Committee member James A. Henry, Ph.D., with colleagues Tara L. Zaugg,
Au.D., Paula Meyers, Ph.D., and Caroline Kendall, Ph.D., this user
manual is the key element of the PTM system. It is designed to help
people better manage their tinnitus.
Since launching this new benefit we have received lots of positive
feedback so if you have not yet tried the PTM program, give it a go
at ATA.org/members. The
video, sounds and PDF version of the workbook are all
there and free to ATA members.
For members interested in acquiring the hard copy of the workbook, DVD
and CD, we offer the program for sale in the ATA Store for members at
$94. Visit ATA.org/store/books/ptm
|The Lighter Side of Tinnitus
|Other Articles of Interest
Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders Advises Farmers
to Protect their Tweens Hearing
The National Institute on Deafness and
Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has just published new hearing
health materials aimed at families who live and work on a farm.
"Its a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing" is a national public
education campaign designed to increase awareness among parents of
children ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced
hearing loss. The new materials can be downloaded
on the "Noisy Planet"
Legal Help for
Veterans With Tinnitus
here for a good resource for veterans who may be seeking
service-connection for tinnitus, or other service-connected medical
conditions who may need legal representation.
Thanks for reading the February 2012 ATA
Electronic Newsletter! We hope you
found it informative and enjoyable. We welcome ideas and contributions
from our members. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.