It's Team Torreso's 3rd year participating in the HLAA Walk4Hearing in Hartford and we're looking to make an even bigger fundraising impact than the first two years! WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The Hearing Loss Association of America's (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 $6 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.
- 36 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.
Michael was diagnosed with bilateral non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss in January 2011. After wearing hearing aids for almost 2 years, we made the decision to replace his right hearing aid with a cochlear impact because he just wasn't making the language progress that he needed to make. In June of 2013, his CI was activated. At that point, most of our communication included a mash up of gestures, situational awareness, trial & error with a few words sprinkled in. Almost 3 years later...HE WON'T STOP TALKING!
In late 2015, Michael came home from Kindergarten (where he's a rock star!) and told Ginny and I 'I want to hear with two ears, just like Jackson (his little buddy at school). March 1 2016, Michael received his second cochlear implant. He's doing so unbelievably well, i often have to pause and remind myself how exhausting it is for Michael, and others with CI's or hearing aids, to just listen all day long. He never complains about it and goes through every day the best way possible, 100 miles an hour and smilling and laughing the whole time!
Yes, Team Torreso wants your money! But we also would love it if you joined us for the walk and/or the party at our house afterword. It's a thank you for your support and a celebration of Michael's success over the past year! If you plan on joining us for either, send me a separate message with your t-shirt size so i can make sure we get you your Team Torreso gear! Help our green team grow!
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.