As many of you know, our daughter Stella was born with sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. We found out when she was 9 weeks old, and she has been wearing hearing aids since she was 3 months old. She is doing fantastic with her hearing aids so far. She says "dada" already, and understands many different words and phrases. This year (and for many to come), we will be participating in the CT Walk for Hearing to support our girl, and the many others who are either born with, or aquire hearing loss throughout their lifetime. In our minds, Stella is just like any other baby, and we hope that others will see her that way too.
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.
In addition to supporting the HLAA, we have chosen to donate a portion of the funds we raise to Soundbridge, which is Stella's hearing center. We have been working with them since day one (almost), and they have been a huge pillar of support for us. Through Soundbridge Stella has the greatest teacher and audiologist we could ever ask for. They ensure Stella has the best access to sound possible, and we would not be where we are on this journey without them!
We would love if you would join us for the walk in support of Stella and others with hearing loss. Donations in any amount are very much appreciated, but not necessary!
The walk is Sunday, May 21 at 10 am at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain!