Please Support My Efforts for the NJ Walk4Hearing
My team is called "Ask Arlene" because so many people do exactly that to find out how to cope with hearing loss. My books, Listening Closely: A Journey to Bilateral Hearing and Hear Again - Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant, were written to educate about hearing loss and cochlear implants.
I will be participating in the NJ Walk4Hearing, whose mission is to increase awareness about the causes and consequences of hearing loss and to raise funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Hearing loss is typically thought of as "no big deal" until experienced firsthand. It impacts every facet of daily living, making communication a struggle and increasing isolation if not addressed appropriately. For children, it directly impacts speech and language development.
As a person who has had a hearing loss her entire adult life - going from normal hearing to completely deaf and then regaining much of it with my cochlear implants - the Hearing Loss Association of America is very important to me, and has been an important resource over the years. I served as President of our NJ state association for five years, the Hearing Loss Association of America - New Jersey State Association (HLAA-NJ), and I saw firsthand how important this organization is for all people with hearing loss - those who have found us and those who are just "out there."
We are very proud of the advocacy triumphs in our state: we were finally able to get legislation to have medical insurance cover hearing aids for children, establish assistive device demonstration centers, hospital access, captioned movies, captioned live theater performances - as well as working collaboratively with many state agencies and organizations (civil rights, employment, arts, etc.) to ensure that the needs of people with hearing loss are recognized and addressed. We have given SCHOLARSHIPS to deserving college-bound high school seniors with hearing loss - and we support our chapters in reaching out to others in the community. There's much more to hearing loss than just hearing aids!
Please support our fundraising team efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many! It is faster and easier than ever to support this important cause - you can make your donation online, or send a check to the following address:
Arlene Romoff, 140 Euclid Ave - PHS, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Any amount, great or small, helps! Hearing loss seems like "no big deal" until you or a loved one has to cope with it. I welcome your questions as well - and thank you very much for your support.
With kind regards,