Advocating for Tinnitus Research
The American Tinnitus Association works to cure tinnitus by both directly and indirectly funding research. Our Advocacy program fulfills the indirect component by encouraging national lawmakers to appropriate increased funding for tinnitus research through various federal agencies.
We have focused our attention on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These three agencies combined have the resources to help move tinnitus research forward by focusing attention on the growing problem of tinnitus.
Are you or someone you care about a veteran who suffers with tinnitus caused by loud noise or head trauma during military service? The number of vets with this problem grows by an alarming 16.5 percent each year. In fact, of all military personnel exposed to blasts while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 49 percent develop tinnitus. Tinnitus is the number-one service connected disability of returning veterans from all periods of service. But ATA is making a difference with its advocacy efforts and increasing awareness of the incidence of tinnitus in our troops.