The theme of this year’s National Tinnitus Awareness Week is “Salute to Silence,” a nod to America’s war veterans, and millions of other US citizens affected by tinnitus. Here are some of the key points of Tinnitus Awareness Week 2013, and some things you can do to help fund research for a tinnitus cure.
May 19-25, 2013 is National Tinnitus Awareness Week, according to The American Tinnitus Association (ATA). Join us as we honor the many US veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, a disproportionate number of whom currently suffer from severe tinnitus due to war injuries.
What is Tinnitus Awareness Week?
In 1927, the month of May was dubbed “Better Hearing and Speech Month,” in order to raise awareness for various hearing and speech disorders. In recent years, the ATA has added Tinnitus Awareness Week, in the hope of broadening our understanding of tinnitus and increasing desperately-needed funds for further tinnitus research.
Why focus on the military?
Overwhelmingly, American war veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are one of the largest demographic groups of tinnitus sufferers, second only to senior citizens. Tinnitus is currently the leading source of war-related disability among US citizens who have served in the military in recent years, accounting for over 840,000 claims for disability insurance, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
What can I do to help tinnitus research?
To find a cure for tinnitus, we need to support the many advocacy groups that help to spread tinnitus awareness. Friend them on Facebook, join one of their meetings, or participate in their tinnitus fundraising events.
The ATA has many planned meetings listed in their calendarof events. Join them on May 1st as they head Tinnitus Awareness Week with their Tour de Tinnitus. On June 9th, participate in their marathon, the Jack Vernon Walk to Silence Tinnitus. Or, sponsor tinnitus sufferer, mountain climber Donna Brown in the Summit for Silence at Mt. Hood.
Facebook is an excellent resource for the latest in tinnitus research, community support group meetings, and more.
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