Past ATA Funded Research

ATA funds cutting-edge science, providing targeted, annual research grants to innovative and promising projects. Over the last 35 years, we have contributed nearly $6 million to the search for a cure.

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Since 1980, when the American Tinnitus Association awarded its first research grant, ATA has been a key funding source for tinnitus researchers. The following is a list of past ATA-funded projects, which have made significant advances in the search for a cure.

Funding Cycle Research Project & Primary Investigator Roadmap for a Cure* Grant Funding
2016-2017 The Role of Cochlear Synaptopathy in Tinnitus 
Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., The Regents of the University of Michigan
A,C $50,000
2016-2017 A New Approach to Diagnosing Hyperacusis in Tinnitus Patients
Sarah Theodoroff, Ph.D., National Center for Rehabilitative Research, VA Portland Healthcare System
A $48,820
2016-2017 Informational Masking and Tinnitus Adaptation (Year 2)
Grant Searchfield, Ph.D., University of Auckland, New Zealand
A,C $49,531
2016-2017 Cross-Validation of Two Tinnitus Screening Approaches in Mice (student grant)
Inga Kristaponyte, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Alex Galazyuk, Ph.D., Mentor
A,C $6,664
2015-2016 Neuroimaging-Guided Neurostimulation Therapy for Tinnitus
Amber Leaver, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA
A,B,C,D $50,000
2015-2016 The Role of Genetically Defined Cell Populations in Generating and Suppressing Tinnitus
Richardson Leão, Ph.D., Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil
A, B,C $50,000
2015-2016 Validating the Gap-Startle Model of Tinnitus Detection Using Behavioral and Electrophysiological Tests in Humans
Sylvie Hébert, Ph.D., University of Montréal, Canada
C, D $50,000
2014-2015 Informational Masking and Tinnitus Adaptation
Grant Searchfield, Ph.D., University of Auckland, New Zealand
C,D $50,000
2014-2015 Role of the Cholinergic System in Modulation of Tinnitus
James Kaltenbach, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH (Year 2)
C $50,000
2014-2015 Tinnitus and Tonotopic Remapping of the Auditory Cortex
Pim van Dijk, Ph.D., Emile de Kleine, Ph.D. and D.R.M. Langers, Ph.D., University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
A, B, C $50,000
2014-2015 Dissociating Mechanisms of Tinnitus & Hyperacusis: A Survey & Behavioral Study
Jenise Imani Chappell (Student) and Fatima Husain, Ph.D. (Mentor), University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, IL
A, D $10,000
2013-2014 The Role of the Cholinergic System in Modulation of Tinnitus
James Kaltenbach, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
C $50,000
2013-2014 Development and Validation of the Sound-Sensitive Tinnitus Index Scale
Benjamin Scott Greenberg, student, American School of Professional Psychology, Alameda, CA
B $10,000
2013-2014 Neural Bases of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Treatment of Tinnitus
Andrea Shawn Lowe, student, University of South Florida
A,B,D $10,000
2012-2013 rTMS for the Treatment of Chronic Tinnitus: Optimization by Stimulation of the Cortical Tinnitus Network (Year 2)
Berthold Langguth, M.D., Ph.D., University of Regensburg, Bezirksklinikum, Germany
B, C, D $50,000
2012-2013 Combination of TMS and EEG: The Role of Temporal and Frontal Cortical Excitability and Plasticity in Chronic Tinnitus
Martin Schecklmann, Ph.D., University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
A, B, C, D $50,000
2012-2013 Developing and Treating Tinnitus by Modulating Neuroplasticity in Hippocampus and Amygdala
Lucien Thompson, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
A, B, C $49,659
2012-2013 Tinnitus and Tonotopic Remapping of the Auditory Cortex
Pim Van Dijk, Ph.D., University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
A, B, C $50,000
2012-2013 The Effect of Exercise on Tinnitus Severity
Jake Richard Carpenter-Thompson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
A, C $10,000
2012-2013 A Psycho Neural Endocrine Model of Tinnitus
Ola Alsalman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
A, B $10,000
2011-2012 Combined Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Treatment of Chronic Tinnitus Using Double Cone Coil (Year 1)
Berthold Langguth, M.D., Ph.D., University of Regensburg, Bezirksklinikum, Germany
C, D $50,000
2011-2012 Brain Function and Attention in Tinnitus
Jennifer Melcher, Ph.D., Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
A, B $49,983
2011-2012 Tonotopic Map Reorganization and the Effects of Frequency Discrimination Treatment in Tinnitus
Josef Rauschecker, Ph.D., Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
A, C, D $50,000
2011-2012 Contribution of Stress to Tinnitus Generation: Role of GABAergic Inhibition
Sarah Hayes, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
B $10,000
2010-2011 rTMS for the Treatment of Tinnitus: Optimization by Stimulation of the Cortical Tinnitus Network
Berthold Langguth, M.D., Ph.D., University of Regensburg, Bezirksklinikum, Germany
A, B, C, D $45,000
2010-2011 Exploration of Cortical Neural Network in Patients with Bothersome Tinnitus
Jay Piccirillo, M.D., FACS, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
A, B, C, D $12,900
2010-2011 Somatosensory Influence on Physiological and Behavioral Correlates of Tinnitus - Towards an Effective Technique for Alleviating Tinnitus
Susan Shore, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
A, B, C $45,000
2010-2011 Developing and Treating Tinnitus by Modulating Neuroplasticity in Hippocampus and Amygdala
Lucien Thompson, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
A, B, C $45,000
2010-2011 Response of the Central Auditory System in Tinnitus and Hearing Loss, an fMRI Study (Year 3)
Pim Van Dijk, Ph.D., University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
A $45,000
2010-2011 Development of an Innovative, 3D Computer Aided Diagnostic System for Tinnitus
Na Zhu, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
A $10,000
2009-2010 Noise-Induced Tinnitus and Biophysical Changes in Rat Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus Fusiform Cells
Paul Finlayson, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B $50,990
2009-2010 The Effect of Tinnitus on Gap Detection
Rebecca Haas, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
B $5,500
2009-2010 Role of Dopamine in Susceptibility to Central Tinnitus
Avril Genene Holt, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
A, B $50,000
2009-2010 Response of the Central Auditory System in Tinnitus and Hearing Loss, an fMRI Study (Year 2)
Pim Van Dijk, Ph.D., University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
A $50,000
2009-2010 Tinnitus Suppression (Year 2)
Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, CA
C, D $50,000
2008-2009 Molecular Basis of Salicylate-Induced Tinnitus
Birgit Mazurek, M.D., Ph.D., Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany
B $39,624
2008-2009 Neurophysiology of Hyperacusis
Jennifer Melcher, Ph.D., Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
A $50,000
2008-2009 Cellular Mechanisms of Tinnitus
Athanasios Tzounopoulos, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
B $75,000
2008-2009 Tinnitus Suppression (Year 1)
Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, CA
C, D $88,006
2008-2009 Cortical Plasticity in Tinnitus
Shaowen Bao, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA
B, C $99,949
2008-2009 Tinnitus and Hyperactivity in the Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus Fusiform Cells: Biophysical Changes
Paul Finlayson, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B $49,954
2008-2009 Clinical Trial of Acamprosate for Tinnitus
William Martin, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
C $73,829
2008-2009 Mechanisms Underlying Acoustic Masking of Tinnitus
Kelvin M. Kwong, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
A, B $10,000
2008-2009 Ensemble Spontaneous Activity in Tinnitus
Daniel Stolzberg, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
A $10,000
2008-2009 Response of the Central Auditory System in Tinnitus and Hearing Loss, an fMRI Study (Year 2)
Pim Van Dijk, Ph.D., University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
A $99,100
2007-2008 Tinnitus Associated Changes in Excitatory Synaptic Strength and Intrinsic Properties in the Rat DCN
Richard Altschuler, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
A $99,917
2007-2008 A Method for Measuring Tinnitus and Tinnitus Intensity Objectively: an fMRI-EEG Study
Dirk De Ridder, M.D., Ph.D., University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium
A $96,668
2007-2008 Targeting the Changes in Inferior Colliculus Induced by Tinnitus
Didier A. Depireux, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
A, C $50,000
2007-2008 Brain Imaging of Salicylate and Noise-Induced Tinnitus in Rats
Edward Lobarinas, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
A $168,579
2007-2008 The Effectiveness of Bibliotherapy for Alleviating Tinnitus
Nicola Schutte, Ph.D., University of New England, New South Wales, Australia
D $39,859
2007-2008 Neuroplasticity, Behavior and Therapeutic Training in an Animal Model of Tinnitus
Michael Brian Calford, Ph.D., School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia
B, C $96,740
2007-2008 The Glycine Receptor in a Rat Tinnitus Model: A Possible Therapeutic Target (Year 3)
Donald M. Caspary, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
B $99,780
2006-2007 Imaging People with Tinnitus (2 Year Grant)
Jennifer Melcher, Ph.D., Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
n/a $199,938
2005-2006 Suppressive Effect of Electrical Stimulation on Tinnitus Related Neural Activity
Jinsheng Zhang, Ph.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
n/a $162,027
2005-2006 Testing the Release From Inhibition Hypothesis of Noise-Induced Tinnitus: A Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study
Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D., Neurosciences Institute of Albany Medical Center, New York, NY
n/a $69,559
2005-2006 Active Suppression of Pulsatile Tinnitus: Step 1: Ear Canal Measurement
Robert A. Levine, M.D., Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
n/a $75,000
2005-2006 The Glycine Receptor in a Rat Tinnitus Model: A Possible Therapeutic Target (Years 1-2)
Donald M. Caspary, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
n/a $196,000
2004-2005 Understanding and Optimizing Residual Inhibition (2 Year Grant)
Larry Evan Roberts, Ph.D., McMaster University, Department of Psychology, Hamilton, ON, Canada
n/a $130,009
2004-2005 Effect of Salicylate on Outer Hair Cell Piezoelectricity for Tinnitus (2 Year Grant)
Hong-Bo Zhao, Ph.D., M.D., University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY
n/a $99,710
2003-2004 Music to Treat Tinnitus (3 Year Grant)
Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
n/a $102,580
2003-2004 Tinnitus – Physiological Changes in Awake Behavioral Model(2 Year Grant)
Richard Salvi, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
n/a $166,977
2003-2004 Navigated Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in Chronic Tinnitus
Christian Gerloff, M.D., University of Tuebingen, Germany
n/a $47,420
2002-2003 Differential Gene Expression in a Central Tinnitus Model (3 Year Grant)
Avril Holt, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
n/a $200,000
2002-2003 Tinnitus-inducing Ototoxic Drug Effects on Cochlear Nucleus Neurotransmitter Chemistry (2 Year Grant)
Donald Godfrey, Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio
n/a $100,000
2002-2003 Central Auditory System Gain in Patients with Severe Tinnitus
George Gerken, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
n/a $44,842
2002-2003 The Role of Nitric Oxide Synthase in Tinnitus
Meredith Garcia, Ph.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
n/a $18,726
2002-2003 Gene Expression Changes in Auditory Cortex and Tinnitus
Richard Salvi, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
n/a $99,576
2002-2003 Role of Substance P and Neurokinin Receptor in Tinnitus
Wei Sun, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
n/a $49,997
2001-2002 Effects of Tinnitus Inducing Factors on Cochlear Nucleus Neurons
Kejian Chen, Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
n/a $50,000
2001-2002 Emotional Responding in Tinnitus Patients
Herta Flor, Ph.D., Central Institute of Mental Health, Berlin, Germany
n/a $31,000
2001-2002 Salicylate Effects on Mechano-Sensory Tranduction, Implications toward Mechanisms of Peripheral Tinnitus
Anthony Ricci, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
n/a $50,000
2001-2002 Generation and Modulation of Tinnitus: The Role of the Trigeminal Ganglion-Cochlear Nucleus Connection
Susan Shore, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
n/a $64,846
2001-2002 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Brain Activity Associated with Tinnitus Severity and Residual Inhibition
Catherine Stevens, Ph.D. and Gary Walker, Ph.D., University of Western Sydney, Richmond, Australia
n/a $26,702
2000-2001 Outcome of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Tinnitus
John McQuaid, Ph.D., San Diego VA Healthcare System, San Diego, CA
n/a $29,000
2000-2001 Imaging Human Tinnitus
Jennifer Melcher, Ph.D., Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
n/a $47,750
2000-2001 Preliminary Investigation on the Effectiveness of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
n/a $93,500
1999-2000 Difference Between Transient and Long-Standing Tinnitus
Jos J. Eggermont, Ph.D., University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
n/a $27,090
1999-2000 Mechanisms of Hyperexcitability in the Inferior Colliculus
Richard E. Harlan, Ph.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
n/a $25,500
1999-2000 Role of the Trigeminal Ganglion and Cochlear Nucleus in the Modulation of "Somatic" Tinnitus
Susan Shore, Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
n/a $40,090
1999-2000 Using Auditory Reorganization to Minimize Perception and Facilitate Habituation of Tinnitus
Robert W. Sweetow, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
n/a $30,000
1998-1999 Tinnitus Data Registry
Mary Meikle, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $22,500
1998-1999 Auditory Evoked Potentials in Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Hearing Loss
George Gerken, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
n/a $30,000
1998-1999 Spontaneous Activity in the Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus Following Exposure to High Intensity Sound
Kejian Chen, Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
n/a $33,000
1998-1999 Mechanisms of Quinine Induced Tinnitus
Richard J. Hallworth, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
n/a $16,000
1997-1998 Pharmacological Management and Prevention of Tinnitus with Female Sex Hormone
Aage R. Møller, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
n/a $51,000
1997-1998 Influence of Selective Auditory Attention on Long Latency Audiological Evoked Potentials, Components PI & NI in Patients With and Without Tinnitus
Gary A. Jacobson, Ph.D., Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
n/a $56,723
1997-1998 Cellular Model for Quinine Induced Tinnitus
Xi Lin, Ph.D., House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA
n/a $40,500
1997-1998 Masking Curves and Otoacoustic Emissions in Subjects With and Without Tinnitus
Curtis Mitchell, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $35,300
1996-1997 Mapping Metabolic Brain Activity of Tinnitus – Part II
Pawel J. Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D., University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
n/a $111,536
1996-1997 Use of PET to Localize Tinnitus Sites in Brain
Alan Lockwood, M.D. and Richard Salvi, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
n/a $46,145
1995-1996 Neurochemistry in CN After High Intensity Sound
Donald Godfrey, Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio
n/a $25,000
1995-1996 Changes in Spontaneous Activity & Neurochemistry in CN
James A. Kaltenbach, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
n/a $30,000
1995-1996 Effects of Salicylates and Quinine on Tinnitus
Jos J. Eggermont, Ph.D., University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
n/a $52,000
1995-1996 Development of Model for Noise-Induced Tinnitus
Pawel J. Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D., University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
n/a $100,000
1995-1996 Tinnitus and Neural Plasticity in Ascending Auditory Path
Aage R. Møller, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
n/a $59,000
1994-1995 Neuroanatomical Localization of Tinnitus
Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D., Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
n/a $10,270
1994-1995 Neurochemistry of Cochlear Samples
Donald Godfrey, Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio
n/a $10,000
1994-1995 Pathophysiology of Tinnitus
Aage R. Møller, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
n/a $15,000
1993-1994 Anatomic Basis for Tinnitus
Wayne Briner, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
n/a $5,770
1993-1994 Tinnitus Changes in the Auditory Pathways
Margaret M, Jastreboff, Ph.D., University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
n/a $15,000
1993-1994 Design of Objective Measures for Tinnitus
Pawel J. Jastreboff, Ph.D., Sc.D., University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
n/a $20,000
1993-1994 Drug (Trental) for Tinnitus
Paul R. Kileny, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
n/a $9,860
1993-1994 Tinnitus Mechanisms
Aage R. Møller, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
n/a $10,068
1992-1993 Attentional Mechanisms of Tinnitus
Gary A. Jacobson, Ph.D., Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
n/a $16,883
1992-1993 Replication of Animal Model for Tinnitus
Carol A. Bauer, M.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
n/a $6,600
1992-1993 Spectral Analyzer Research
Mary Meikle, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $9,540
1991-1992 Lasix (Furosemide) for Tinnitus
Robert A. Dobie, M.D., University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
n/a $9,975
1991-1992 Masking
Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
n/a $10,000
1991-1992 Design of Cognitive Therapy Report and Manual
Donna Wayner, Ph.D., Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
n/a $4,500
1990-1991 Maskers and Effects of Earmold Design
Robert W. Sweetow, Ph.D., San Francisco Hearing & Speech Center, San Francisco, CA
n/a $7,500
1990-1991 Hypnosis as a Tinnitus Treatment
Frank Marlowe, M.D., Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
n/a $10,000
1990-1991 Misoprostal, Other Drug Effects on Tinnitus (Prostaglandin)
Wayne Briner, Ph.D., House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA
n/a $11,650
1989-1990 Furosemide as a Tinnitus Treatment
Paul S. Guth, Ph.D., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
n/a $10,000
1989-1990 Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Gary A. Jacobson, Ph.D., Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
n/a $19,462
1989-1990 Electrical Stimulation
Jack Vernon, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $12,250
1988-1989 Binaural Phase Effects of Masking
Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
n/a $9,600
1988-1989 TMJ and Tinnitus
Douglas H. Morgan, D.D.S., TMJ Foundation, Milwaukee, WI
n/a $20,000
1987-1988 Tinnitus Data Registry Project
Mary Meikle, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $300
1987-1988 Brain Mapping
Ian M. Windmill, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
n/a $8,684
1986-1987 Electrical Suppression
Jack Vernon, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $20,000
1986-1987 Tinnitus Data Registry Project
Mary Meikle, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $25,000
1985-1986 Tinnitus Data Registry Project
Mary Meikle, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $12,500
1985-1986 Electrical Suppression
Jack Vernon, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $20,000
1984-1985 Tinnitus Data Registry Project
Mary Meikle, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $11,309
1984-1985 Binaural Phase Effects of Masking
Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
n/a $6,500
1980-1981 Tinnitus Data Registry Project
Mary Meikle, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Portland, OR
n/a $12,000

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