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WHY WE WALK


The HLAA Walk4Hearing is a national walk program that recognizes there are 48 million people with hearing loss in the United States. The Walk4Hearing, held in cities across the country during the spring and fall, creates awareness about hearing loss prevention, screening, treatment and maintaining good hearing health.

Whether you’re a person who has a hearing loss, someone who just needs some hearing help in a noisy world, or you are a friend or family member of someone with hearing loss, the Walk4Hearing is for you. The Walk4Hearing message is: You are not alone. You can do something about your hearing loss.

Since 2006, more than 90,000 walkers have raised more than $13 million to support national and local programs to provide information, education, support and advocacy. Participants come in all ages with various interests in hearing health to form teams and walk in their communities. National and local sponsors support the Walk4Hearing and provide information about their products and services.

Walk Day Experience is Unforgettable

Thousands of walkers and hundreds of teams are formed each year, many of them support one person who brings their family and friends to the Walk. Here’s what happens at an HLAA Walk4Hearing:

  • Everyone affected by hearing loss is empowered and inspired
  • Lots of kids with hearing loss come and see there are others like themselves
  • Parents come and share stories and resources
  • People realize they are not alone with their hearing loss
  • Walkers share their hearing loss journey
  • Lifelong friendships are formed
  • People get information they might not easily find anywhere else when national and local sponsors exhibit their products and services

Money Raised from the Walk4Hearing Supports
National and Local Programs

National Programs

  • Raise public awareness and providing unbiased information about hearing health
  • Support policies at the federal level that ensure hearing aid compatible and captioned phones, captioning on the internet, hearing access in public places and in airline travel, hearing access in public place, and much more
  • Holding hearing health and technology seminars sponsored by HLAA Chapters and other community groups
  • Support those on their hearing journey, including parents of children with hearing loss
  • Offer veterans free digital subscriptions to our award-winning magazine, Hearing Life
  • Covering general and advocacy news through our online Hearing Life e-News
  • Work with industry to ensure that products are accessible to people with hearing loss
  • Provide consumer input to research
  • Provide resource toolkits for the workplace and in medical settings

Local Programs

  • 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 so people have hearing access to enjoy community life the way everyone else does
  • Seminars on coping with hearing loss for families

Call to Action: Get Your Hearing Screened!

This year, our call to action is “Get Your Hearing Screened!” Untreated hearing loss affects overall health in negative ways – falls, isolation, anxiety, depression, and now, a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline.

Take charge of your hearing health today by getting a screening. Follow us on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and tweet #screenURhearing to let us know that you got your hearing checked or encouraged someone else to do so.

2018: A Brand Refresh!

Walk4Hearing Logo 2018

For those of you familiar with HLAA, we have made some exciting changes to the HLAA brand, including new logos for the corporate HLAA organization and its premier program, Walk4Hearing. A critical element of increasing brand awareness is consistency in all that we say and do. It is with that in mind that we are excited to introduce you to the new Walk4Hearing brand. The new Walk4Hearing logo now has a similar look and feel to HLAA. Presenting a more unified brand will help all the Walk4Hearing events raise even greater awareness to support people with hearing loss.

There is also a new name and fresh look for our popular magazine, now called Hearing Life. All these changes are not without purpose; they are all part of a well-thought-out strategy to strengthen and build the HLAA brand.

We hope you can join us at an HLAA Walk4Hearing near you.

About HLAA

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 magazine, Hearing Life, holds annual conventions, hosts online learning, conducts a technology training program, and more. HLAA has chapters nationwide to support people with hearing loss. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301.657.2248. For more information, go to hearingloss.org.

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