ATA facilitates multiple opportunities for tinnitus patients to connect, network, and learn from one another. In particular, ATA provides access to a Support Group Listing and a Telephone/Email Support network:
Support Group Listing
While ATA does not facilitate its own support groups, it provides independent support group leaders with access to resources, and connects them with local people who desire to get involved. These tinnitus support groups provide a forum for patients to meet in-person. Participants are encouraged to openly share their experience with tinnitus, so that patients can learn from each other.
Groups may meet weekly, monthly, or just a few times per year. While ATA encourages leaders to post their events to the News & Events page, you may need to visit the Support Group Listing page to contact the leader directly to learn about the schedule.
Group meeting agendas can vary by group and event. However, support group meetings regularly include an educational component, often with guest presentations from local hearing health professionals.
Telephone/Email Support Listing
The Telephone/Email Support Listing is a list of tinnitus patients who offer to volunteer their time to share general guidance and support to others with the condition, via telephone or email interactions. These volunteers provide compassion, support, experience, and perspective, as well as useful resources for treating your tinnitus. ATA has organized Telephone/Email volunteers by state, to help patients connect with local supporters, but you are welcome to contact help network volunteers regardless of location.
Please note: Tinnitus Support Groups and Telephone/Email Support volunteers provide general support and education only. They are not qualified to provide healthcare services and do not evaluate, diagnose, or treat patients. Volunteers cannot provide medical advice on your specific healthcare situation. Patients should consult their primary care physician or a hearing health professional for qualified medical advice.