Kentucky Walk4Hearing

We Are Not Alone

We are not alone; help is available. When someone has a hearing loss, the first step in coping with it is simply acknowledging its reality. This may not be easy to do, but you can’t take effective measures to minimize the impact of a hearing loss if you deny it. This does not mean that you have to like it. But once diagnosed as having a hearing loss, then it’s time to move on.

We are not alone; The statistics are here:

  • About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears.
  • Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.

We are not alone; the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing is the largest walk for hearing loss awareness in the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers - children and their families, young adults, young at heart, and everyone in between - form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services. HLAA depends on generous volunteers to raise funds, generate enthusiasm and awareness at each of the Walk4Hearing sites.

We are not alone; HLAA Chapters are supportive organizations where people with all degrees of hearing loss come together to share and learn – and where it’s okay not to hear well.

We are not alone; join the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)! When you join HLAA you support the work that benefits the 48 million people with hearing loss in the United States. That includes you or someone you know. View benefits of joining HLAA.

For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.

 

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