Tinnitus Week 2020: Help JimH Fly Us to Vancouver

Discussion in 'Awareness & Fundraising' started by Tinnitus Talk, Feb 2, 2020.

    1. Tinnitus Talk
      Balanced

      Tinnitus Talk Knowledge Base Staff

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      We’re a lot more than just a forum.

      We’re a community of people with tinnitus who help each other. We produce Tinnitus Talk Podcast to keep you up-to-date on all things tinnitus. We create videos to raise awareness and push for better care. We are actively engaged in tinnitus research, working directly with numerous scientists and gathering data to move research forward.

      This year for Tinnitus Week (3-9 February), we are focusing specifically on research and we have a whole bunch of activities lined up.

      How do we do all this?

      With a group of dedicated volunteers. None of us draw a salary.

      But we also have expenses, and our income (mostly from member donations) does not cover our expenses. Which means we end up paying some of it out of our own pockets.

      One of our long-time and esteemed members @jimH has very generously offered to match any donations we receive during Tinnitus Week up to $500USD. We feel humbled and grateful by this kind gesture. By doing this, he is following in the footsteps of the amazing @Starthrower, who initiated something similar last year.

      Below is a breakdown of our estimated expenses for 2020.

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      In particular, we would like to make sure that we can attend the 2020 Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) conference in Vancouver.

      We would like to be your voice at the conference, to make sure that our perspectives, as people suffering from tinnitus, are heard. And we will report on the conference of course. Please help make this possible.

      And remember, @jimH will match your donation. THANKS, Jim!
       
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    2. jimH
      Caffeine

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Please join me in supporting this year’s fundraising initiative! I will match donations up to $500 USD. Once that level is met or exceeded, I will make my donation. If you donate, please post the word “Donated.” There’s no need to post the amount. This way you’ll receive some well deserved recognition. In addition, it will bump the thread to keep it more visible in the “New Posts” section.

      Tinnitus Talk means a lot to me. That’s why I’ve been financially supporting it every year since I joined in 2014. I discovered it when I needed it most. That is, when my Tinnitus and Hyperacusis were at an extremely severe level. I immediately I felt some psychological relief just knowing that I had found other people that knew and understood what I was going through. I no longer felt so isolated and alone. I know that it has helped many others in the same way.

      Additionally, I found that there was no better place to keep up to date as to the latest research and developments regarding the treatments of Tinnitus.

      That said, TOGETHER, we can make this fundraiser a success! Thank You!
       
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    3. Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      Hey all,

      I just want to add here that I totally understand if donating money to a forum might not be your top priority. We know from years of experience that many people with tinnitus don’t even donate to tinnitus research, so why donate to us? Good question…

      Well, it could just be because you find Tinnitus Talk a valuable resource, as I hope you do. Behind the scenes we are keeping the site clean and well-organised, so you can easily find what you're looking for, which takes many volunteer hours and money.

      Or maybe you’d like to see more awareness about the awful toll tinnitus can take on a person? Last year I interviewed the mother of Gaby Olthuis and we published this video, which details how tinnitus and hyperacusis can drive a person to want to end their life. Expenses for the production were about 500 euros, which I paid out of my own pocket.

      Or maybe you value tinnitus research? In that case, you might prefer donating directly to a research cause, which we welcome and applaud. But did you know that we ourselves conduct research? We gather large-scale data; our latest survey (on physical links to tinnitus) got nearly 7,000 responses, which is a true treasure trove for research. We also work directly with researchers to include patients in their studies; some exciting stuff coming up in that regard during Tinnitus Week!

      Paying for me, or another volunteer, to fly to Vancouver, I get it if that sounds frivolous. But I worked my ass off at TRI last year to get as much reporting to you as possible and made valuable connections with the research community. And I will do so again if you help me get to Vancouver. But what I don’t want to do (again) is pay it all out of my own pocket.

      And finally… What we need just as much as money is your skills and time! It’s another great way to contribute. Just click the “Volunteer” button on our homepage if you want to know more.
       
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    4. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Donated.
       
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    5. aot
      Depressed

      aot Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016. Worsened 11/2019.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced, worsened due to noise expouse + flu.
      I don't have any money right now, but I'll pitch in once I get paid.
       
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    6. Selah1281

      Selah1281 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Donated.
       
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    7. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma/Cold?
      Donated =)
       
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    8. Labyrinthine
      Moonlighting

      Labyrinthine Member Benefactor

      Location:
      The Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Music
      Donated. :)
       
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    9. Regal
      Musical

      Regal Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknow (NIHL, Genetic, Ototoxic drugs, stress) ?
      Donated :huganimation:
       
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    10. Nonomat
      Wishful

      Nonomat Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019 (mild) - 11/2019 (intrusive)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Donated!
       
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    11. Jack Straw
      Balanced

      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Donated!
       
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    12. emmalee
      No Mood

      emmalee Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ?
      Donated.

      @jimH

      Thank you for being you. :huganimation:
       
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    13. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Donated.
       
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    14. DaveFromChicago

      DaveFromChicago Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headcold/Flu
      Donated.

      The more money allocated, the sooner we will really have something (what a miracle that will be) to effectively treat this.
       
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    15. jimH
      Caffeine

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Donated.
       
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    16. Lilah
      Blah

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Donated .:joyful:
       
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    17. jimH
      Caffeine

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      If you make a donation, please remember to post the word "Donated."

      This will bump the thread back up to the top of the "New Posts" section thereby making it more visible.

      Thanks!
       
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    18. AVIYT
      Wishful

      AVIYT Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregabalin
      Will donate later tonight :) This is a great idea, I may not make much money anymore but I want to do everything to help find a cure.
       
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    19. lcj

      lcj Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      medication
      Done!
       
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    20. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma/Cold?
      Nearly 50% there, keep it going guys :)
       
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    21. Liz Windsor

      Liz Windsor Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      Donated.
       
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    22. BBakkers
      Not amused

      BBakkers Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011, Spike 2019, Spike 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1e Loud Music, 2e earwax irrigation, 3e padel tennis
      Donated.

      Just shared the petition with my football team, my friends via whatsapp, facebook, my family! Come on guys get your butt moving and share this thing with everyone! Lets create some "buzz" around this petition! Want to get rid or have a reduction of this thing in my head within some years!!!
       
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    23. OnceUponaTime
      Busy

      OnceUponaTime Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Donated!

      @jimH
      Because you are a faithful member of Chit Chat and All That!!
      Haha :ROFL::LOL:

      Once
       
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    24. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      Done!
       
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    25. jimH
      Caffeine

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I want to thank everyone who has donated so far!

      Right now we are at $1312 after 29 donations. Still far short of the goal of $2400. If you have not yet donated and can afford to, please do so. Thank you!
       
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    26. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      What an incredible person you are, Jim. Big props to you.
       
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    27. Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      I’ve donated, it’s not much but it’s all I can afford at the moment.
       
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    28. simb999

      simb999 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      nov 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise exposure
      Donated. I could only afford a bit but every little helps.

      Good luck guys!
       
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    29. Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      This has already surpassed our expectations by a lot! Thanks @jimH for being a wonderful human being, and thanks to all who donated, however big or small.

      We're so very grateful for your support. Truly.

      And as usual, it's not just about the money (though much-needed), but about the vote of confidence, which warms our hearts :)

      :thankyousign:
       
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    30. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Donated.
       
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