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.
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 www.hearingloss.org, 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
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.
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