Your Stories

ATA welcomes submissions of original feature articles, first person stories and letters about your tinnitus story. Submissions selected for publication are those that speak to an audience of tinnitus patients and their families, audiologists, medical doctors and other tinnitus healthcare professionals. If interested, please review the submission guidelines.

People share their personal tinnitus stories:

Articles from Tinnitus Today magazine

Caitlin Connors’ Love for One Helps Many by Katie Fuller

Can There be Peace Without Quiet? by Lars Johansson

Firefighters - Dampening Flames, Saving Lives, Developing Tinnitus by Robert M. Winston

Gift of Tinnitus by Michael Potter, M.L.S., L.A.D.C.

How My Brain Put Tinnitus in its Place by Dennis Byrne

How One Couple Challenged Tinnitus by Katie Fuller

Just One Sound by Barbara Griswold

Meet Melanie West by Wes Breazeale

Music Teacher's Battle with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis by Daniel Born

My Choice (a personal story) by Paul Tobey

Sounds to Soothe by Stephen Harrison

Tinnitus and Relationships by Barbara Tabachnick Sanders

Tinnitus Spouse Survival by Terry Nagler, R.N.

Value of a Support System by Katie Fuller

Volunteering- A Way to Peace and Quiet by John P. Scruggs

Join the ATA community

Becoming a member of ATA allows us to expand awareness of the condition and fund necessary research. For only $40 ($55 outside U.S.) you will join a caring community and also receive generous benefits such as:

  • Subscription to ATA's magazine, Tinnitus Today, published in April, August and December
  • Three supplemental electronic issues of the ATA Newsletter in between publication of Tinnitus Today magazine
  • A listing of tinnitus healthcare professionals in your area that can help you
  • Discounts on a variety of high-quality products and publications available in the ATA Store
  • Exclusive access to ATA's Members Section online and access our 20+ years of archived Tinnitus Today articles

Join the ATA support network

The American Tinnitus Association's Support Network consists of dedicated support group facilitators and help network volunteers across the country. These volunteers provide compassion, support, experience, and perspective, as well as valuable resources for treating your tinnitus. Find a group near you!

If you are interested in starting a support group or becoming a help network volunteer, please contact

Message from William Shatner to you

“Regardless of the characters I portray on TV and on the big screen, my tinnitus once buried me in a negative place where many of you are now - or have been. Believe me when I say, "I‟ve been there." My tinnitus began while I was filming the Star Trek episode “Arena.” I was standing too close to a special effects explosion and it resulted in tinnitus.

There were days when I didn't know how I would survive the agony. I was so tormented by the screeching in my head I really thought I would not be able to go on. But then a ray of light burst into my life – the American Tinnitus Association. The help they gave me literally saved my life. The harsh reality of tinnitus has robbed silence from the lives of nearly 50 million Americans. Whether you hear it in your ears or in your head tinnitus means the same thing: noise that does not go away. You do not suffer alone.

ATA works with the best and the brightest scientists through-out the world who are investigating this terrible condition. What's unique about ATA is that they give us all the opportunity to do something about tinnitus; they make it possible for anyone to contribute and support research that is moving us toward a cure. I believe we can achieve this goal!

I encourage you to join me in making a generous donation to the American Tinnitus Association. Its dedicated staff and volunteers are here for us today, helping us live with our tinnitus and supporting innovative research. Eventually, they will bring the good news of silence back into our lives. We must band together on this journey to help fund our critically needed association so that one day, not one single person will ever have to bear the agony and distress of tinnitus. From the bottom of my heart … thank you for your help.”

Podcast audio

North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC): 'A-Sharp, Profile of Musician Joel Styzens'

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Musician, teacher and ATA support group leader Joel Styzens discusses his experience and battle with tinnitus and hyperacusis on North Carolina Public Radio. The story was broadcast nationally on 110 public radio stations. Joel is an ATA support group leader in Chicago.

Title: A-Sharp, Profile of Musician Joel Styzens
Author: North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC)
Length: 14:41
Size: 8.41
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'Discussion of ATA and Tinnitus' with Scott Mitchell and Jennifer Born

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Former ATA Board of Directors chair Scott Mitchell, C.P.A., J.D., and Director of Advocacy & Research Jennifer Born talk about ATA, its mission and Mitchell's personal battle with tinnitus. An excerpt from a special ATA interview.

Title: Discussion of ATA and Tinnitus
Author: American Tinnitus Association; recorded by filmmaker, ATA member and advocate Jose Zambrano Cassella
Length: 11:27
Size: 7.87 MB
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'Families and Tinnitus' with Denise and Jennifer Capriati

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ATA member Denise Capriati speaks about her personal tinnitus experience with her daughter Jennifer.

Title: Families and Tinnitus
Author: American Tinnitus Association; recorded by filmmaker, ATA member and advocate Jose Zambrano Cassella
Length: 03:29
Size: 2.39 MB
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Interested in hearing more ATA podcasts? Visit our podcasts page

Poetry from ATA members and supporters

Noise 24/7 by Mark Bickel

Ode to Dr. Jack Vernon by Vivian Ehrlich

Poem Poem Poem Poem Poem by Kathleen Balma

Seashell by James W. May

Tinnitus by Lisa Halpern

Posts and connection on Facebook

ATA has a strong and highly active presence on Facebook, with over 5,000 fans participating on a daily basis, sharing their personal stories and connecting with others struggling with tinnitus. ATA posts breaking research news and developments, support group meeting announcements and quickly answers the communities' questions about the condition.

Videos by ATA supporters

ATA's videos page is filled with helpful videos created by the association, professionals in the field, veterans, musicians, ATA members and celebrity supporters like actor William Shatner and tennis star Jennifer Capriati.

Experience a day in the life of a tinnitus sufferer.
"The Noise" is produced by ATA supporter Michael Berardi.

Visit ATA's videos page for more!


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Please email us and we will be happy to assist you! Fill out this convenient online form and ATA will send you an information packet of our materials.