Make Some Noise to Silence Tinnitus During Tinnitus Awareness Week
- ATA Challenge: Make the “Right Kind of Noise” About Tinnitus -
Portland, Ore. – The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is challenging the tinnitus community to “Make Some Noise” about tinnitus during National Tinnitus Awareness Week, May 16-20, 2016. Tinnitus, commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears” impacts up to 50 million people in the United States (U.S.) alone and has been the leading service-connected disability for veterans from all periods of service since 2009, accounting for 1.2 million veterans.
“Tinnitus can ruthlessly reduce an individual’s quality of life, leaving them socially isolated, anxious or depressed,” Melanie West, Chair of ATA’s Board of Directors. “Because of the lack of general awareness about these conditions, this year during Tinnitus Awareness Week, we challenge all those with tinnitus to ‘Make Some Noise’ and raise awareness of what it’s like to live with these conditions – tell your friends, co-workers and doctors,” West said.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), of the 50 million people in the United States with tinnitus 20 million are chronically affected, with disruptions in their sleep, concentration and mood, and in some cases impacting their ability to remain employed and even leave their homes for even short periods of time. These 20 million individuals are more likely to seek medical treatment for their condition.
About the American Tinnitus Association
The American Tinnitus Association, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the nation’s foremost organization committed to improving the lives of people with tinnitus through education, advocacy and research toward a cure. For 45 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 over $6 million in “seed” funding to medical research projects focused on finding solutions for tinnitus.