A little about me and why I am participating in the Chicago Walk4Hearing. Thanks for visiting my page!
There are 48 million Americans who have some degree of hearing loss - that's 1 in 6 - and millions more who are at risk. While we may not be able to help all those people, we can make a difference right here in our own community. The funds we raise will go directly toward programs and services to support people with hearing loss both nationally and locally.
I want to do everything I can to help educate and eradicate the stigma of hearing loss. To help bring visibility to an invisible health issue. For the past 20 years I have experienced a slow progressive hearing loss. In the beginning I ignored this issue. Approximately 10 years had gone by before I decided to address my hearing loss. I relied heavily on my audiologist but she alone was unable to help me navigate all that this encompassed. There have been moments of confusion, sadness and loss. It was not until a little over 5 years ago that I became aware of the Hearing Loss Association of America. I joined a local chapter and began to educate and advocate for myself and others. HLAA provides assistance, support and resources on a national and local level. Additionally through attendance at an HLAA convention a few years ago I learned about Gallaudet University's Peer Mentoring Certification program of which I am a recent graduate.
Hearing loss has had an impact on me, my family and those around me. The more I become educated the more I want to share information with anyone who will listen because hearing health is such an important issue. Hearing loss affects not just those of us with a loss but everyone we come in contact with on a daily basis. My hearing loss is permanent, there is no cure and it can’t be reversed. But your hearing health can be screened and if needed, possibly treated. In many cases, prevented. In fact, if gone untreated, hearing loss can have a significant negative impact on quality of life. So I am issuing a challenge: Take charge of your hearing health and get your hearing screened!
Walk day itself is a chance to meet others with hearing loss, their families and friends, learn, share stories and build friendships. It gives you an opportunity to see firsthand that no one is alone and we can live better with hearing loss. Most importantly, if you haven’t participated in the Walk4Hearing before I can make one promise to you about your experience at the Walk – it will be fun!
“Get Your Hearing Screened” is the call to action for this year’s Walk4Hearing. A hearing screening is painless, easy, and fast, but its benefits can last a lifetime. I am asking you to take charge of your own hearing health and encourage your friends and family members to do the same. In fact, I want you to let everyone know about it. Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and Tweet using #screenURhearing to let people know that you got your hearing screened or encouraged someone else to. Don’t forget to “like” the Walk4Hearing Facebook page and even follow @hearinglossassociation on Instagram, be sure to utilize your social media network!
Please consider joining my Walk4Hearing team Sound Off for Hearing or supporting us by making a donation. The walk increases awareness about hearing health and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. The funds raised are divided as follows: 50% of your donation goes to the national office, 10% for the Chicago walk expenses and 40% goes to my local HLAA chapter, (Chicago North Shore) where I currently serve on the steering committee. Check out our team page where you can learn more about our chapter. You may also visit https://www.hearinglosschicagonorthshore.com/
Help us take the next step in improving the lives of people with hearing loss.