To many of you reading this you know that my son Colton was diagnosed with hearing loss not long after making his appearance into the world. It has been an eye opening experience on many levels. After doing much research when getting such news you then become aware of the amount of people hearing loss in children touches and yet it is not well publicized. Detailed below are the statistics and it is stated that 2 to 3 out of every 1000 children are diagnosed with hearing loss. We are lucky to have found this so early. Our little Colton has had his cool blue hearing aids since he was 3 months old. We are thankful to all that have helped us along this journey and we want to raise awareness about hearing loss in children and not just the aging population. Please help us in this journey which has become part of our mission.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss, helps to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $9 million and has become the largest walk for hearing taking place in cities across the United States.
We walk because hearing loss is a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.
- 48 million people have some form of hearing loss
- 26 million people have noise-induced hearing loss that could have been prevented
- 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
Hearing loss affects one's ability to communicate every day in different situations - from a dinner conversation at a noisy restaurant, on the phone, to not hearing alarm clocks and smoke alarms. For people with hearing loss, these situations can be become obstacles without the right information and support. HLAA provides the assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.