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 $7.7 million and has become the largest walk for hearing taking place in cities across the United States.
We walk for Ivy because without the research and assistance we would not have been informed of her hearing loss at 1 month of age. At 2 months old Ivy received her first set of hearing aids and molds that allow her to hear and communicate better. Ivy continues to love school and has made many friends with her loving and charming personality. She is enjoying pre-school as any 5 year old because of awareness in the education system Ivy is set up with a teacher for the Hearing Impaired, FM system, speech therapist, aural habilitation therapy, teachers and other supports as well. I can't imagine what obstacles we would have had to overcome if we did not catch her hearing loss as early as we did and if the supports were not in place for us as a family. Please help me donate any amount is helpful.
- 48 million people have some form of hearing loss
- 26 million people have noise-induced hearing loss that could have been prevented
- 2 to 53 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.