Why we walk
Despite being born over 2 months early and weighing just over 3 lbs at birth, Ben has always been a happy and healthy kid. Halfway through kindergarten, we noticed that he was not hearing things and was asking us to repeat things a lot. We took him to have his hearing evaluated, expecting that it was a temporary ear infection or cold which was causing the hearing problems and were devastated to find out that his hearing loss is moderate to severe and permanent. We worried about how he would handle hearing aids, what other kids would think, what his future would look like. We didn't need to worry because he handled everything in stride, loves his hearing aids and how much they help him and kids don't seem to notice that he is any different. His identical brother has a less severe form of the same type of hearing loss and his fraternal brother has perfect hearing it has been a learning experience for all of us and we are grateful for the support of family, friends and our audiology team at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Thank you for your support! We are walking for Ben and other kids who have a hearing loss.
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 $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss 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.
- 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.