Connecticut Walk4Hearing

Our Team at the 2016 Walk in Hartford
Our Team at the 2016 Walk in Hartford

Super Hero Team Zachary

Thank you for visiting our team page!

Please join us on SUNDAY, May 21 [in a NEW LOCATION!] in New Britain as we walk to raise awareness and funds to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Or if you can't join us, please still consider making a donation to help our cause.

Where does your donation go?

60% goes to the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America® (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. In addition to the Walk4Hearing, HLAA publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions, hosts online learning with the Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training, and more. HLAA has chapters nationwide to support people with hearing loss. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301.657.2248.

40% Goes to CT Hands and Voices

Connecticut Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We're a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy are focused on empowering children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to reach their highest potential. The local headquarters for CT Hands & Voices is in Wethersfield, CT and their website is http://www.cthandsandvoices.org.

Our Story: We've been incredibly fortunate that Zachary's hearing loss was detected at the newborn hearing screening, that we had the help of the CT Children's Medical Center audiological and ear, nose, throat teams to diagnose his hearing loss, the great support of Soundbridge through CT's Birth to Three (early intervention program) where he recieved hearing aids at 3 months of age and that we were paired with a top notch team with a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired and an Audiologist. After graduating from Soundbridge, we were able to continue Zachary's services at the New England Center for Hearing and Rehabilitation (NECHEAR), where we learn from amazing professionals in this ever-changing field.

As members of the parent support group, CT Hands and Voices we have benefitted from programs and events sponsored by them and the following orgainzations: Hear Here Hartford, American School for the Deaf, and the newly re-grouping A.G. Bell organization in CT. Our whole family has learned so much over this journey and there are many to thank.

Participating in the Walk4Hearing is a large way for our communities to come together, share, and give back. Registration is at 9 a.m., the 5K (3.1 miles) walk begins at 10 a.m. at Walnut Hill Park, 184 W. Main Street, New Britain, CT. We hope to see you there!

Thanks again!

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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 taking place in cities across the United States.

Why Walk?
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 % 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.

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