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“Tinnitus takes a lot of energy. Many people close to me, fellow musicians and technicians are affected. Her life has changed a lot as a result. I know some who are doing quite badly. I admire the fact that they don’t let it get them down. And to be honest: I’ve also had whistles and hisses before, which gave me quite a fright. I’ve been paying attention ever since.

It is so important to counter recklessness with prevention, to gather information, to disseminate it, not to trivialize it and talk it away. After all, many people don’t see the problem until it’s right in front of their nose or in their ear. And often it is then too late. How much smarter and easier it would be to get smart in advance. We usually google every nonsense, here googling makes sense! That is why I also support the German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité.

We need research and a lot more education to prevent tinnitus from happening in the first place.”

Lisa Fitz
Cabaret artist & musician


Lisa Fitz told us more about why she supports the foundation as an ambassador in June 2014. Click here for her audio message.


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“Tinnitus is a terrible disease. It affects every minute of your life. Promising research is on the horizon. They need money to keep going.”

William Shatner
Actor, singer and author


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“I think tinnitus research is important because it would be great to eventually find cures for this disease and thus make life worth living again for many sufferers.

I think education about tinnitus and hearing protection is important because I’ve been affected too and might have gotten through it better if I knew more about it.”

Vera Int-Veen
TV presenter


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“Tinnitus research is important because our hearing is important! If you watch “Wissen macht Ah!” and close your eyes, you still get to see everything we do. But if you turn off the sound and just look at the picture, it’s much harder to understand what’s happening. Our hearing connects us to the outside world in a very special way. Every effort should be made to ensure that this connection is not broken by loud beeping.”

Ralph Caspers
Television presenter, author and screenwriter


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“Tinnitus research and education is important because tinnitus is a much underestimated threat to our health.

On the big stage or through my work in radio, I am at risk myself: stress, headphones, constant volume. After a day of work, I always try to compensate my ears. With calm! Because I know from acquaintances: tinnitus is not only painful, but it is also often a social injury, because sufferers exclude themselves. It’s important that we pay more attention in today’s fast-paced world.”

Marco Schreyl
Television and radio presenter


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“I think tinnitus research is important because hearing is the direct access to a person’s soul.”

Jens Hillje
German dramaturge, from 2013 to 2019 co-director at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, from July 2023 artistic director together with Andrea Niederbuchner of the Sophiensaele in Berlin