I am walking to support the Kentucky Chapter of Hands & Vouces, a parent-led parent support group for families that gave children that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. These families are my friends and my heroes and deserve all of the support in the world. KY Hands & Voices is working hard to educate their communitiesy and advocate for their children. While congenital Hearing loss is the most common birth difference, it is still relatively uncommon. Many doctors and teachers may never have worked with a child with hearing loss. Families learn from other families and then share that knowledge and experience with even more families. Your donations allow H & V to find educational and social activities so our families with D/HH children do not feel so alone. Please help me support these families!
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.