Michael P. Malusevic

he board of directors of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), Portland, Ore, has appointed Michael P. Malusevic as its new executive director, charged with leading the
research funding organization, which is committed to curing tinnitus.

Malusevic has served ATA since 2004 as director of administration and controller, says ATA.

The board also appointed Jennifer A. DuPriest as associate executive director. DuPriest has been with ATA since 2006, heading the organization’s advocacy efforts as director of public affairs.

Gary P. Reul, EdD, the retiring CEO will resume his position as chairman of the board.

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, a chronic and debilitating condition often described as ringing, hissing, or buzzing in the ears, says ATA. Some 12 million Americans have chronic, intrusive tinnitus that can interfere with quality of life and impact relationships with family and friends. The number one known cause of tinnitus is exposure to extreme noise, says ATA. This condition afflicts people of all ages, but disproportionately impacts veterans and military personnel, according to ATA.

[Source: ATA]