Support Network

Find Support

Find a Support Network contact near you
View the ATA Calendar for local meeting details (dates, time, location)

Get Medical Help

Access a list of self-identified tinnitus experts on ATA's Health Professional Listing, a free service provided by ATA. 

Volunteer Your Support

Volunteer to start a support group
Become a help network volunteer


Find a Support Network Contact Near You

The American Tinnitus Association's Support Network consists of dedicated support group leaders and help network volunteers. These volunteers provide compassion, support, experience and perspective, as well as valuable resources for treating your tinnitus.

While support groups are not yet available in all states, you are welcome to contact help network volunteers regardless of location.

To find a support contact near you, please click on the map below OR click on the listings here: 

 

 


View ATA's Support Network in a larger map

If you are interested in starting a support group or becoming a help network volunteer, please contact tinnitus@ata.org.

Volunteer to Start a Support Group

If you are interested in starting a tinnitus support group, the following PDF can be downloaded for free by clicking the image below and contains helpful information on how to start, organize, recruit and run a successful tinnitus support group. It also gives advice on meeting topics and helpful ways to keep people coming back to your group time and time again. If after reading you would like to pursue leading a group, please click here to fill out an application and return to tinnitus@ata.org.

Become a Help Network Volunteer

The American Tinnitus Association Support Network has two facets: support groups and individual help network volunteers. Help network volunteers communicate one-on-one with people in need of support on an as-needed basis. ATA maintains a list of help network volunteers, sharing names and contact information with callers who are distressed about their tinnitus and needing to reach out to someone else with the condition.

Help network volunteers are all about providing support. It's a powerful experience for people to feel like someone understands what they're going through. If you are interested in becoming a help network volunteer, consider the following information below, click here to fill out an application and return to tinnitus@ata.org.

Decide which methods of communication you want to answer: Help network volunteers communicate via email, phone calls, letters - or a combination of the three. You can decide which method is most convenient to you, and let ATA know your preference.

Determine which times are best for you: Many help network volunteers put instructions for the best time to call on their answering machines. That way, callers know when to call back and the volunteers don't face expensive long distance charges. Please do not feel obligated to answer calls during times inconvenient to you.

Find out the names of local hearing health professionals: Contact ATA for a listing of health professionals in your area, and keep notes on your experiences with local audiologists, ENTs and other professionals. Understand that other people may have different medical needs than you, but that your experiences can be very insightful. Remember that good advice and coping strategies can't substitute for a medical and audiological evaluation. While the information and advice you provide can be very helpful, please encourage all contacts to seek out medical assistance. Often, tinnitus is a symptom of a physiological cause that should and can be treated. All patients should have a medical and audiological evaluation, both of which can help determine the types and course of treatment and reduce stress.

Have tinnitus resources handy: Keep a binder of Tinnitus Today issues by the phone or computer for easy reference. Callers may have questions on specific treatments, or on new research studies funded by ATA. As mentioned above, you may also want to have a listing of local tinnitus health professionals and a local suicide hotline. While suicidal callers are rare, it is best to be prepared.

Help out with local support groups: Attend your local support group meetings to hear the latest on research, treatment options and coping strategies and to meet and learn from others with tinnitus. This will help hone your "bedside manner" for help network contacts as well as expand your knowledge of tinnitus-related topics.
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For more information please contacttinnitus@ata.org.