PORTLAND, OR – While national Tinnitus Awareness Week may end tomorrow, the effort to treat and cure tinnitus continues, unabated, year-round. The next major calendar item for tinnitus patients and their supporters is the American Tinnitus Association’s 2014 Jack A. Vernon Walk to Silence Tinnitus, an annual charity event to increase public awareness and resources for tinnitus. This year’s walk takes place Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn, OR.
Named in memory of ATA’s co-founder, Jack A. Vernon, Ph.D., the Walk to Silence Tinnitus is both a physical event and a virtual fundraiser. People in the metropolitan Portland area are encouraged to register for the free event and enjoy a leisurely walk and barbecue. Those who are not able to attend the walk can show their solidarity with the cause by donating to one of ATA’s official walk teams. All proceeds support ATA’s research and support programs.
“Whether you walk or donate, this is a fun way to get involved with ATA’s mission to end tinnitus,” said Cara James, Executive Director of the American Tinnitus Association. “We need the support of the entire community—patients, patient supporters, healthcare providers, and researchers. Only through widespread support will we have the means to improve services for tinnitus patients and continue our search for an ultimate cure to tinnitus.”
Over 45 million Americans have some form of tinnitus, and almost 20 million have burdensome symptoms. Tinnitus is also the number one service-related disability reported by U.S. military veterans. Despite these facts, the condition remains poorly understood and receives scant public research funding. The American Tinnitus Association strives to remedy this situation through public education, patient support, and advanced research funding. The Jack A. Vernon Walk to Silence Tinnitus is just one of many ATA endeavors to help the association achieve its goals.
About the American Tinnitus Association
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is the nation’s foremost nonprofit organization committed to curing tinnitus. For over 40 years, ATA has helped patients understand and manage the "ringing in their ears" and raised resources for advanced tinnitus research. Since 1971, ATA has contributed nearly $6 million to medical research projects focused on curing tinnitus. For more information, please visit www.ata.org.
About Tinnitus Awareness Week
May 18-24, 2014 is Tinnitus Awareness Week, an annual event coordinated by ATA to raise public awareness of the condition and help develop resources to silence tinnitus. Tinnitus Awareness Week is traditionally held in May, which was designated as “National Better Hearing and Speech Month” by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. For more information, please visit our News and Events page.