Thanks for visiting my page and here is a little bit about, "why I am walking"!
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. 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!
Having a hearing loss is not the worst that can happen to a person but there have been moments of confusion, sadness and loss. A little over 5 years ago I became aware of the Hearing Loss Association of America. I joined a local chapter and began my education into what it means to live life with hearing loss. I was empowered to advocate for myself and others and 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!
“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!
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. Check out our team page where you can learn more about our chapter where I currently serve on the steering committee and consider joining my team!!