TAW Sample Proclamation
You can get involved by building tinnitus awareness in your hometown. Simply write to your mayor or city council and request a proclamation for Tinnitus Awareness Week 2013.
First, you need to find your mayor or governor’s office. Congress.org is a great tool for this – simply use the “Get Involved” feature at the top right hand side of the page and enter your zip code.
Find Your Locally Elected Officials
Call or email the office to find out to whose attention such a request should be made. Often, it's someone in the public affairs and information department. Be sure to mention that you have suggested wording available for the proclamation. Then send your version of the following letter, addressing it to your mayor, governor state senators or representative, and customize it so that it's a more personal account of your experience with tinnitus.
Send in your request for a proclamation as soon as possible. National Tinnitus Awareness Week (May 19 - 25) is coming up fast! Office staff will want to review and approve the text and may suggest changes, so leave enough time for discussion.
The following is a sample proclamation and cover letter to send to your Mayor, Governor or other locally elected official to ask them to declare Tinnitus Awareness Week in your own communities!
WHEREAS, Tinnitus, often defined as "ringing in the ears," causes a person to hear ringing, buzzing, or a variety of other sounds without an external cause, and to have a heightened sensitivity to sound; tinnitus can be a debilitating condition, reducing the quality of life for those chronically affected; and
WHEREAS, Tinnitus is most often the result of extreme noise exposure from either a single impulse noise or the accumulation of noise exposure, but may also be caused by conditions such as an ear infection, the use of certain medications, a blocked auditory tube or canal, or a head injury; and
WHEREAS, As many as 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree, of those, approximately 16 million have chronic tinnitus and seek medical attention for their condition, and nearly two million are debilitated by tinnitus; and
WHEREAS, According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the maximum allowable noise exposure is 85 dBA for eight hours and, even at that level, an individual can sustain hearing damage; even though there are recommended maximum allowable exposure times, cumulative noise exposure over several years, even at safe levels, can cause tinnitus; and
WHEREAS, Americans live in an age of amplified sound where many everyday noise sources produce decibel levels that can be hazardous to our hearing, resulting in tinnitus or other types of hearing loss; some everyday sounds that exceed the allowable noise exposure level of 85 dBA include those from a blow dryer, subway train, power lawn mower, chain saw, jackhammer, screaming child, rock concert, thunderclap, jet engine and an MP3 player; and
WHEREAS, The Army is the only branch of the military that requires earplugs as part of a recruit's uniform, but many types of military equipment exceed the 85 dBA limit, including an Apache helicopter, a nine millimeter pistol and a grenade; as a result, over 840,000 American veterans are service connected for tinnitus; and
WHEREAS, Tinnitus is the number one service-related disability suffered by United States veterans from all periods of service and is particularly prevalent in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans because sixty percent of all auditory injury, including tinnitus were a result of a blast-induced Traumatic Brain Injury - the signature wound of this population; by 2016, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs will be paying nearly $2.75 billion in tinnitus disability compensation annually to this country's veterans; and
WHEREAS, Even with a combination of public and private funding, only 10 million dollars is spent on tinnitus research in the United States, far less than what is spent on research for most other medical conditions; Economic loss to an individual who has tinnitus is estimated to be $30,000 annually and up to $26,000,000 to the United States as a whole; and
WHEREAS, Current therapies used to treat tinnitus cannot permanently rid a patient of the condition, and not all tinnitus patients benefit from the different treatments currently available, but new, sophisticated brain-imaging technologies have allowed researchers to identify the areas of the brain that involve tinnitus and have led scientists to study tinnitus on several new fronts; and
WHEREAS, Tinnitus is a condition that can affect anyone, young or old, and increased public awareness of the condition's debilitating effects should be promoted to encourage both public and private health care organizations to provide funding for continuing research on ways to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus, and to find a cure for this incapacitating condition; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the (House or Senate or other government agency/body) of the State of:_______________
1. This (House/Assembly/Legislative body) hereby declares the week of May 19 through May 25, 2013 as "Tinnitus Awareness Week" in the (State/town/city/county) of XXX to promote public awareness about the debilitating effects of tinnitus in order to encourage both public and private health care organizations to provide funding for continuing research on ways to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus, and to find a cure for this incapacitating condition.
2. The (Governor/Commissioner/other elected or appointed representative) is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and the citizens of this State/County to observe "Tinnitus Awareness Week" with appropriate activities and programs.
3. A duly authenticated copy of this resolution, signed by the President of the (Senate or House or other legislative body) and attested by the Secretary of the Senate, shall be transmitted to the American Tinnitus Association.