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May 15-21 is Tinnitus Awareness Week

May 15-21 is Tinnitus Awareness Week


Tinnitus – most commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears” - is a condition which impacts 50 million Americans and, for about 16 million, the condition is so severe that medical or audiological treatment is sought. For many, their tinnitus is so intrusive that it interferes with activities of daily living like working, concentrating and engaging in social events. Many people have taken their own lives because of tinnitus. The Department of Veterans Affairs pays out over $1 Billion a year in tinnitus disability payments. It's the number-one service-connected disability for veterans and is impacting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in record numbers.

Tinnitus can be constant noise 24 hours a day, for the rest of one's life. There's no current cure. The condition is poorly understood, and many healthcare professionals think nothing can be done about it. They tell you “to go home and live with it”. It most frequently comes from exposure to loud noise – on the job, on the battlefield, while motorcycling, snowmobiling, or hunting, while playing with fireworks, or listening to loud music -- in other words while living a fairly normal life.


National Tinnitus Awareness Week, May 15 – 21, 2011, is sponsored by the only member-based tinnitus organization in the United States, the American Tinnitus Association. ATA is the foremost tinnitus research funding organization in the United States and along with others (e.g. Department of Defense and the National Institutes for Health) is pursing promising treatment options and cures.

Please visit to learn more about what you can do raise awareness, support research for a cure and increase the quality of life for people with tinnitus. The link for Tinnitus Awareness Week is on the left hand side of the main page. For more information, please contact ATA Director of Public Affairs, Jennifer Born at or 800-634-8978 x215.


For more information about American Tinnitus Association and to know what you can do to help please click here.