48 Million People
1 in 6, about 15%, or 48 million people – no matter how you look at it, there is a large number of people in the United States who are living with some degree of hearing loss.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA strives to give people the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss and to show them they do not have to face it alone.
A message from Alan
My hearing loss journey starts off a lot different than most people. I have a mild hearing loss of 30dB at 8000Hz, which is inconsequential in daily use. I see hearing loss from a different perspective – as a partner (son) of a household member with profound hearing loss.
Before I knew about HLAA, I was like most hearing people, not understanding what goes on with those who have hearing loss. It is called the invisible disease for a reason. You see the blind person with a cane or dog or the person with mobility problems in a wheelchair. You do not see the person with hearing loss, so the hearing loss community gets ignored.
My understanding of hearing loss has grown over the years through my involvement with the hearing loss community. From the son of a parent with hearing loss, I became a chapter (hence HLAA) member and recently elected to the HLAA – California State Association Board of Directors. I wish to continue contributing to the lives of people with hearing loss and all those who are affected - their loved ones, friends, co-workers. I have developed chapter websites and assisted chapters with captioning and posting videos to YouTube. Our work in raising awareness needs to extend into the community and the legislature, and it starts here. Your support for our East Bay Walk4Hearing allows our chapter to serve our local community and HLAA to advocate for us nationally.