PORTLAND, ORE. - Today the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) announced today that May 17-23, 2015 is national Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW). Tinnitus, commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” affects nearly 45 million people in the United States and of those, 20 million have chronic tinnitus. Most commonly caused by exposure to loud noise, tinnitus is one of the most widespread underestimated health maladies in the world.
“ATA is committed to raising the profile of tinnitus as well as raising funds to advance research toward new and better treatments for all tinnitus patients,” said Thomas J. Lobl, Ph.D., Chair of ATA’s Board of Directors. “This week is designated for the entire tinnitus community, patients and professionals alike to help increase the visibility of this condition that impacts so many lives worldwide. Our goal is to make sure that no single patient is told that they have to just live with their tinnitus,” said Lobl.
While there is no quick solution to tinnitus, there are management strategies that can provide relief. The American Tinnitus Association has developed a Patient Roadmap on their newly redesigned website that can help patients navigate the sometimes confusing path of tinnitus treatment. In addition ATA can help people get connected with tinnitus health professionals who can help devise a customized management strategy.
During Tinnitus Awareness Week the American Tinnitus Association will be engaging the tinnitus community through Social Media on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Helpful information and articles about tinnitus treatments and research will be posted to these pages every day during Tinnitus Awareness Week. Visit Facebook.com/AmericanTinnitusAssociation to participate in this year’s national Tinnitus Awareness Week.
About the American Tinnitus Association
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is the nation’s foremost nonprofit organization committed to curing tinnitus. For over 40 years, ATA has helped patients understand and manage the "ringing in their ears" and raised resources to advance tinnitus research. Since its founding in 1971, ATA has offered information, support, advice, and hope for people living with tinnitus, and has contributed nearly $6 million to medical research projects focused on finding solutions for tinnitus. For more information, please visit ATA.org.