American Tinnitus Association's Board Chair on NBC TODAY: Is This the Right Message to Send Out?

Discussion in 'Awareness & Fundraising' started by Ed209, Nov 3, 2018.

    1. Samantha R

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      Yes Ed... spot on.
      I cannot believe they did this. What an incompetent organisation.
      It's just so blatantly inaccurate to say that tinnitus actually fades or disappears in time.
      Do they actually believe this? If so, this organisation is redundant. They have no idea about this condition.
      Who's going to donate to tinnitus research if it fades or disappears for the majority of people? There's no need for a cure because it resolves in time.

      I did ask on their subsequent post to confirm if they meant habituation or actually reduction in volume, they said -

      "No. literally, for the majority it fades away or leaves entirely. What you're describing is habitation."​

      Then I said -
      "American Tinnitus Association thank you for the response. How does this happen if there is a strong connection between tinnitus and hearing loss but we can’t cure hearing loss?"​

      They responded -
      "It begs the question doesn't it? It is extremely frustrating - and researchers have been trying to answer just this question. As I tell those with tinnitus all the time, please put me out of business - make my job irrelevant - and the sooner researchers can get to the bottom of this, the better. It is so complicated."​

      Goodness me....

      I think Torryn made his own job irrelevant by the way this whole thing was handled. Needs to be sacked in my opinion.
       
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    2. kmohoruk
      Nerdy

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      I’ll leave it at this - because even after this, I’m still not fully agansit the ATA. They do provide some services that help people, and offer grants for research, and that’s still an important fact to remember.

      However, if we really WANT research to be funded, then we need to do it ourselves. I think for the time being, people who I’ve recommended to donate to the ATA, I’m now going to suggest particular research funding opportunities for them to donate directly to instead. I would suggest you do the same.

      It’s a little more research (but hey, that’s why we have this forum! ;)), but why not have 100% of your money go to research...and not...16%...I believe what I roughly calculated earlier.

      I think the over a quarter of a million dollars going to “podcasts” is what did it for me.

      But on the positive note, I think this has woken up a lot of people to the fact that if we want better treatments, then we need to do the research and show this passion and fund it (I believe @Ed209 said this earlier) and encourage our friends and loved ones to do the same. PERIOD!
       
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    3. attheedgeofscience
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      Back in 2016, there was a post shared on the BTA's website (which is no longer available) but here is what it would have looked like:

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      The study that was referred to was not published at the time, but it is now (see below) – with the important bit highlighted for you...

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    4. Samantha R

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      @attheedgeofscience,

      Thank you for that.

      I interpret this study as referring to 'habituation', not to the tinnitus actually objectively decreasing in volume. It's ambiguous though.

      Our reactions to the sound might change, but my opinion is that in a large number of cases that the volume doesn't.
       
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      Ed209

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      I believe it does get better for most people and have always said that, but I fail to see how this helps those who are still struggling years down the line.

      The ATA could have quite clearly stated that the evidence shows for many people it improves, but for some, it can be life limiting and debilitating to the point that they either end their lives or constantly contemplate it. They could have stated that we need more money going into curative research for exactly this reason; because these people need more help. They could also have given some preventative advice. The article I read served no purpose at all.

      They only told the good side and showed zero of the bad, and for me that does not accurately portray the condition across the entire spectrum. They had a golden opportunity to send out a message that could have represented the worst sufferers as well, and they chose not to, so they blew it in my opinion.
       
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    6. Samantha R

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      Do you believe largely through habituation or an actual reduction in volume?
       
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    7. attheedgeofscience
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      It's actually a woman...
       
    8. AUTHOR
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      Ed209

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      I have no first hand clinical data, so I’m in no position to say with authority. Anecdotally, however, I’d say chronic tinnitus becomes less likely to fade the longer you have it, but there are still known cases of people’s tinnitus going altogether, randomly, after 10+ years.
       
    9. Samantha R

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      I know Ed, just curious on your opinion. :)
       
    10. another sean
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      So they are referring to chronic cases and they are saying "It is true that the majority of cases, the problem doesn’t worsen"

      I don't believe this to be true and yes they have undermined the condition with their statements. If it doesn't worsen on its own, there are 1000s of other ways to make it worse and awareness is key in preventing that from happening. What a nice big fat missed opportunity.

      Now I know why the asshat emoticon was created for :asshat:

      ATA, American Team of Asshats :ROFL:...:cry:
       
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    11. Agrajag364

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      There is quite a lot of research papers which mention this point when I first got to the test and they were all quite clear that there is no good data on the proportion for whom it fades over time.

      Several health professionals and one lawyer (acting on hearing loss) I spoke to said it was clear that it doesn't actually go away over time for significant proportion.
       
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    12. Agrajag364

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      Although I couldn't agree more that the BTA and the ATA are completely wrong to keep making out that tinnitus is not such a big deal in the vast majority of cases – there appears to be no awareness that this condition can drive many to suicide.
       
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    13. Steve G

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      How can someone habituate to something that keeps changing in volume and intensity? I really wish I could.
       
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      Ed209

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      Habitation is where people live. What’s a person’s habitat got to do with their tinnitus :D

      By the way, Torryn is a woman same as LaGuinn Sherlock; not that it matters. It’s a shame LaGuinn can’t live up to her name and help fix this thing :p
       
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    15. Starthrower
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      @attheedgeofscience, how can this study qualify as "evidence"?

      A "small" "significant" improvement hardly backs the claim that the majority of tinnitus sufferers have their tinnitus fade away.

      It is important to provide hope.
       
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    16. Jazzer

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      “Dr. Sherlock is the Judas Iscariat
      of the body of tinnitus sufferers !!!”
       
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    17. Berik
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      "The biggest fear of people stepping on landmines is that they have to miss a leg, but eventually they learn to live with it just fine."
       
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    18. david c

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      My main surprise about this is: Why the surprise?? Both the BTA and ATA have been downplaying the impact of tinnitus for quite some time.

      Of course it doesn't - but this is fairly typical of the BTA's cavalier approach to evidence - removing the heavy caveats in the original study. The ironic thing is that some of the same people who criticised me and others for making these points about the BTA are now expressing outrage when the ATA does the same thing.

      The BTA's website currently states: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/all-about-tinnitus

      "The experience of tinnitus is different for different people. Most people find that it doesn’t affect them in any way."

      No source for this is given and - given the BTA's track record on cavalier treatment of evidence I would love to see the original research which they are using to make this claim. Maybe @David can enlighten us.
       
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    19. Agrajag364

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      I dictated this post from my phone and it came out wrong. The health professionals (one ENT and one very experienced audiologist) and lawyer I spoke to were clear that tinnitus DOES go away over time for a significant proportion of people (though the professionals were also clear that it doesn't go for the remaining proportion).

      I just observe there are stories online of people for whom it goes even after a number of years. How rare such people are, no one knows.
       
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    20. Helheim
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      Ah yes... more "tinnitus isn't actually serious" bullshit. Just what we needed.
       
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    21. Allan1967

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      The tinnitus community needs to get its arse into gear and all of us to donate a little every month, write to the Government... anything.
       
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    22. Samantha R

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      Haha, yes I realise Torryn is a woman... I made the mistake of Googling the name rather than finding her profile on ATA. The first couple of hits on the name Torryn come up as a boy's name.

      They actually wrote that - I copied and pasted from Facebook. I didn't even notice! Lol.
       
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    23. derpytia
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      To be honest, this is why I distrust the ATA and the BTA (though the BTA is little more on the up and up as far as research).

      The only people I can really trust in this community is people here at Tinnitus Talk. As far as I'm concerned, we are and have always been on our own.

      If we want to make things happen we have to do it ourselves.
       
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      Ed209

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      I know I’ve seen your posts on Facebook.
       
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    25. TuxedoCat
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      I'm sure yesterday was not one of ATA's better days. If you go back and read the initial response from ATA that Ed posted there's a sentence that don't make sense. The one that makes me chuckle is the bit about tinnitus being a condition no one knows about and then in the next sentence it says that ATA has been around for 50 years. I guess in all that time they forgot to tell anyone about tinnitus. I have a mental image of Torryn Brazell typing furiously on her computer keyboard.:giggle:

      Anyway I've decided not to renew my membership with ATA. I'm learning from being here that I can donate money to organizations and fundraisers without needing them and their scientific advisory board.

      Speaking of which, @Samantha and @Ed209, can you think of things that went well or that you would recommend doing again based on your experience with Danny's Fund?
       
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    26. Starthrower
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      @derpytia I agree and it seems that is what Tinnitus Hub/Talk is doing. I was scared to death to start posting here at first. But somehow I landed here and feel at home. We all argue and fight about different things but when one of us falls - it seems like we all rally together to help.

      The best way the ATA could have handled this was to have made an apology and stop defending/making excuses for the outrageous remark.

      I questioned the statistics about the number of tinnitus sufferers reported by the ATA. I don't have the info but it seems to be the same numbers from when I first got tinnitus in 2002.
       
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    27. Samantha R

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      Good for you - I'd do the same if I was a member. Your money can definitely be spent better elsewhere.
      Eddie can probably give you the feedback here, I can't take any credit for this as all I did was make a few donations. :)
       
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    28. Contrast

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      When is the ATA going to go after tinnitus scammers?

      Let me guess, it's not their job.

      Lol just help sell CBT and minimize the public attention on your condition's severity.
       
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    29. TuxedoCat
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      Spot on, Starthrower.
       
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    30. Jazzer

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      “Argue and fight?”
      - Do we?
      - Really?

      (Oh yea - just remembered.
      It’s okay - as long as we
      kiss and make-up. x)
       
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