On Nov. 3, 2012, our third child was born. We named him Isaac because it means laughter, but he was diagnosed with profound sensorinerual hearing loss shortly after birth; I wondered if he would ever know what laughter sounds like. At three months of age, Isaac was fitted with hearing aids. Then, in July 2014, at 20 months of age, he received a cochlear implant in his left ear. Today, Isaac is a happy boy who LOVES TO LAUGH, and can most certainly HEAR THAT SOUND!
On Nov. 4, just a day after Isaac turns 5, we will participate in Kentucky's first Walk4Hearing in Louisville to raise awareness and support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
We are raising funds to support the Hearing Loss Assocation of America. In addition, 40% of the amount we raise will support an organization we are passionate about - Kentucky Hands & Voices (https://www.facebook.com/kyhandsandvoices/), which supports famlies of deaf and hard of hearing children without bias around communication modes.
Thank you for your consideration and support!
Hannah, J.D. and Isaac Roof
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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 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.