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Name of Newspaper or Television Station
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Dear Editor or News Program Director:

I am writing to you about tinnitus – most commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears”, a condition which
impacts 50 million Americans. And I am one of them. (If you are not one of them note your connection to
tinnitus.) Tinnitus is also the number-one service-connected disability for veterans from all periods of
service, accounting for 840,000+ veterans at the end of 2011. It is impacting Iraq and Afghanistan
veterans at historic rates.

A little “ringing in the ears,” may not sound like a big deal to most people. But imagine constant noise 24
hours a day, for the rest of your life. Imagine there’s no cure. Imagine this condition is poorly understood,
and that many healthcare professionals think nothing can be done about it. They tell you “to go home and
live with it.” Now imagine that the noise you hear was probably caused by exposure to loud noise – on the
job, on the battlefield, while motorcycling, snowmobiling, hunting, while playing with fireworks, or
listening to loud music. In other words, while living a fairly normal, modern life.

May 13-19, 2012 is National Tinnitus Awareness Week, sponsored by the only member-based tinnitus
organization in the United States- the American Tinnitus Association. ATA is the foremost tinnitus
research funding organization in the United States. For over 40 years, they’ve been helping tinnitus
patients like me (if you don’t have tinnitus, delete ‘like me’) try to live a better quality of life with tinnitus.

If you are interested in doing a story on tinnitus, please contact ATA Director of Public Affairs, Jennifer
Born at jennifer@ata.org or 800-634-8978 x215. She can put you in touch with local tinnitus health
professionals, patients and other experts who are willing to be interviewed about this life-altering
condition.

Please tell your readers and viewers about the growing problem of tinnitus during the week of May 13-19,
2012 and send them to ATA’s website at ATA.org/TAW2012 for more information about this week and
great cause.

I would also be willing to be interviewed and can be reached at (provide contact information)

Sincerely,

(Your name, contact information and group, if any, that you represent)

								
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