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There are many ways to be involved in the HLAA Walk4Hearing.

Join HLAA and the thousands of walkers today!

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing is the largest walk of its kind taking place in multiple cities across the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers - children and their families, young adults, young at heart and everyone in between - form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services.

Who Walks?

  • People with a passion for hearing loss issues get involved because either they have a hearing loss themselves or they want to show support for someone they know with hearing loss.
  • Parents of children with hearing loss walk as families and meet other parents along the way and share experiences.
  • Company teams walk to build workplace camaraderie.
  • Alliance groups such as schools for children with hearing loss, hospitals, universities and other nonprofit hearing loss-related organizations join the Walk4Hearing to raise money for their own projects.
  • Hearing health care professionals walk because they support our cause.

Why We Walk?
We walk because hearing loss is a public health issue in the United States.

  • 48 million (20%) Americans have some form of hearing loss
  • 26 million have noise-induced hearing loss that could be prevented
  • 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
  • 60% of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
  • 80% of people with hearing loss who could benefit from a hearing aid do not wear one
  • Even a mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion

Many people do not know where to find information and support they need to adjust to living with hearing loss. When someone has a hearing loss it affects everyone they interact with - family, friends, co-workers, employers, neighbors - we all need to understand the impact of hearing loss and how to communicate with people with hearing loss.

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How Are the Walk Funds Used?

Since 2006, more than 70,000 walkers have stepped up and helped raise money for programs and services for people with hearing loss and their families. Money raised is shared between the national organization and local Walk sites. Some examples of how funds are used include:

National Programs and Services

  • Timely and reliable information about hearing loss through HLAA's website, Hearing Loss Magazine, HLAA e-News, the Hearing Loss Support Specialists Training, webinars and the annual HLAA Convention
  • Advocacy to affect legislation that impacts people with hearing loss, such as Medicare to allow hearing aid coverage
  • A nationwide network of chapters and state organizations providing peer support
  • Outreach to veterans returning with hearing loss
  • Support for parents of children with hearing loss

Local Programs and Services

  • Captioning and hearing assistive technology at HLAA chapter meetings to make them accessible
  • Scholarships toward college tuition for students with hearing loss
  • Funding for hearing aids and devices for people who cannot afford them
  • Installation of hearing assistive technology in public places, such as community rooms and public libraries
  • Captioning of live theater productions
  • Seminars on coping with hearing loss for families

How Do I Get Involved?

You can register to walk as an individual, start a team or join a team at a Walk site near you. If you would like to donate to someone who is walking, please search for their name or team name. There are other ways to get involved, such as recruit local sponsors, team up as an Alliance group, volunteer on Walk day or distribute posters and brochures to spread the word in your local community. If you are interested in getting involved, go to our contact us page and send us your inquiry.

National Sponsors

There is a variety of national sponsorship opportunities to showcase your company through the Walk4Hearing. For more information about national sponsorship opportunities please visit the sponsors page.

About the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America® (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. In addition to the Walk4Hearing, HLAA publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions, hosts online learning with the Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training, and more. HLAA has chapters nationwide so support people with hearing loss. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301.657.2248.