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What is Ride to End ALZ?

Marathons, sports games, benefit concerts, and bike rides are just some of the ways that people come together to support different causes. The Ride to End ALZ is a bike ride used to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research. 

The event started in South Carolina with less than 10 people participating in the first year. The 252-mile charity bike ride, previously called “Ride to Remember,” quickly gained popularity and had around 350 participants the year before COVID spread throughout the world. Due to COVID, the organizers of Ride to End ALZ had to find a way to still host the event while keeping everyone safe through a digital platform. This allowed everyone to bike the full 252 miles but do it without the large gathering of people. By doing this, participants were able to use their in-home workout bikes in addition to traditional bikes and break up the ride over the course of a month. What started as a South Carolina event has expanded into different states across the United States.

This year, the event is being offered both in-person and virtually! The South Carolina in-person ride will take place from July 8-10 starting in Simpsonville, SC, and ending in Charleston, SC. Those who choose to participate virtually can do so throughout the entire month of July and track their miles using the RideToEndAZ app. In addition to the South Carolina race, there are also events happening in Washington, DC, New England, Colorado, and Texas

HearingLife will be a corporate sponsor in the Ride to End Alzheimer’s this summer for our Florence, SC location! Anyone can contribute to the HearingLife team or an individual on the team. Fundraising happens through email, Facebook, and other social platforms. Anyone can participate in Ride to End ALZ! To register for the event, click here! There is a registration fee for the race. This fee goes directly to research on Alzheimer’s. 

The event gets a lot of support both locally and across the country. Each city the cyclists pass through works hard to ensure that the open-road route is as safe as it can be and has plenty of rest stops along the way. People come from all over the country to participate in the Ride to End ALZ. For each person, their reason for being involved in the event is unique. People who participate just want to raise awareness for the cause, or in most cases because of a personal connection. Some people who do it have an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. 

How is Alzheimer’s connected to hearing loss?

Alzheimer’s has been linked to untreated hearing loss due to the decrease in brain activity. We hear with our brains, not our ears. Sound waves move through the ear and vibrate the eardrum. The eardrum then sends those signals to the brain where they are translated into sound. When hearing loss begins to develop, this process becomes less frequent. Because the hearing loss process is typically slow, our brains gradually become less and less stimulated. The lack of stimulation can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 

If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, getting scheduled for a hearing assessment is very important! In this appointment, your hearing will be evaluated, and your results will be explained to you. If you’re not comfortable coming into the office yet, take the online hearing assessment! This will allow you to check the quality of your hearing right from your own home.