Why I am walking
Hearing loss is an invisible condition and significantly misunderstood. When a hearing person meets a person with hearing loss, there are many ways they can respond. Many will respond with impatience, annoyance, anger, apologetic and some attempt to make humorous remarks that are not funny or make sarcastic remarks that sting.
When I ask for them to repeat, I have had people say “you need hearing aids” or "why don't you turn up your hearing aids;" or "What? Are you deaf;" or the real killer “Never Mind.” I have also been accused of having selective hearing and that I only hear what I want to hear.
Comments like this are hurtful, shut me out and put me down.
I don’t think people want to hurt my feelings intentionally, but they just don’t know how to respond.
I am not alone. This story could be repeated by most people with hearing loss which is why the stigma is a stronghold within the hearing loss community. We often don’t speak up and ask for a repeat or ask for assistive listening devices. We don’t want to be shamed, ignored or treated insensitively.
With 48 million people in the US with hearing loss, you would think there would be more sensitivity and understanding.
I walk to create awareness about hearing loss.
I walk to make hearing loss a household topic
I walk to encourage openness and discussion about hearing loss.
I walk to create more/better hearing accessibility in public places
I walk to reduce the stigma of hearing loss.
On June 9, I will be participating in the Walk4Hearing in Long Beach to create awareness of hearing loss. I need your support to make this event a success. Please take a moment to sponsor my efforts and support the Hearing Loss Association of America.
I will be grateful for your support. A donation of any size will be appreciated. Just click the donate button at the top right of this page.
Cheers to your ears,