Andy and I walk to keep our memory of Katherine alive. Katherine failed her newborn hearing test and was later diagnosised with a profound bilteral hearing loss. We had no idea what to do! We started working with CCMC and ASD. Katherine was fitted for hearing aids but they didn't work:( Heart broken we decided to try a Cochlear implant. I'm so greatful for this experience and can't explain what it means to us that Katherine was able to hear us tell her how much we love her. Along our journey we learned so much about hearing loss and how strong Katherine was and how lucky we were to be her parents!
We walk because hearing loss is a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.
- Approximately 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss
- More than 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in their workplaces
- An estimated 1 in 5 American teens experiences some degree of hearing loss
- 2.3 million Veterans receive either disability compensation for service-connected hearing disabilities or are in treatment for related hearing issues
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.