WHY WE WALK:
We are walking because our family is EXCITED! We are excited to raise awareness about hearing loss and how it affects our son. J.R., was born with profound sensorineural hearing loss. He was born deaf. At 8 months old he received bilateral cochlear implants. At 9 months old he heard "I love you" for the first time. In the last 5 years, he has blown us away with his determination.
The money that we raise will go the Hearing Loss Association of America and to the KENTUCKY CHAPTER OF AG BELL, which promotes and supports listening and spoken language.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING J.R.'s SuperHEARoes !!!
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.