Each October I'm happy to participate in the Walk4Hearing, in honor of my son Devon who was born with a congenital hearing loss and currently wears bilateral cochlear implants. Devon is surely "the boss of his hearing loss" and doesn't let it stand in his way. He loves basketball, has fun camping with Boy Scouts, bowls in 2 leagues (145 average) and takes jujitsu lessons (currently orange belt). Devon is a 6th grader in the Piscataway schools, traveling between classrooms, dealing with noisy hallways and old lockers... and on top of all of that, he has the added task of carrying around his FM system, ensuring that all his teachers are using it!
By walking, I am supporting not only HLAA but also Summit Speech School where Devon attended. The Walk4Hearing serves to increase awareness about hearing loss and raise funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Last year's Walk was amazing and inspiring, and I'm thrilled to be part of it again.
Did you know?
Hearing loss is a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.
- 48 million people have some form of hearing loss
- 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
Hearing loss affects people every day in different situations. From a dinner conversation at a noisy restaurant to not hearing alarm clocks and smoke alarms, people with hearing loss face many such obstacles. HLAA provides the assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. Thank you so much for your support!
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.