Yes, I am up-to-it again. I moved myself out to Los Angeles from Chicago and am helping to start-up a new Hearing Loss Association of America chapter in Santa Monica.
And Yes, I need your help once again to donate to our new chapter and the Walk4Hearing.
Some may be asking why I put so much time into such an endeavor. Good question. I am going to try to shed some light on that.
I helped start a chapter in Chicago almost 5 years ago now because I had a great need to learn about how to cope with my own hearing loss. Those were some difficult days. The people that came together in that chapter were critically important to my ability to transition from a hearing world to one that provided significant daily frustrations with my hearing loss. Audiologists and other professionals were of little help. It seemed they only wanted to sell me hearing aids and they did that with great success. But my newly developed hard of hearing friends were the most amazing educators and supporters. We truly are our best educators. I will be forever grateful.
Now, it's time to give back. They said when we started the Chicago chapter that our motivations would be all about the "me". They were right. But then they said that it would eventually become all about the "you". Don't get me wrong. There is still plenty of the "me" in me. But a little less of it now as I reflect on how fortunate I have been since embarking on my hearing loss journey with my HLAA friends and family.
I am contributing and Walking for a cause that effects millions of lives from the young to the old. The To-Do list seems endless. We want to help make hearing aids more affordable to the millions of aging baby boomers. Next, we want to empower them to actually wear those hearing aids to improve the quality of their own lives. It will improve their effectiveness at work, the quality of their health and the joy that they experience from their enhanced relationships with their friends and loved ones. The ability of the baby boomers to work longer, be productive and stay healthy longer will have huge economic and public health benefits for our country.
But it's not just about the baby boomer's though. Everyone enjoys a nice conversation at a restaurant, going to the movies, chatting on the phone with our loved ones and many other things that we all take for granted at some point until we lose some of our hearing.
I am Walking to help the millions of people that have hearing loss educate others about this wide-spread issue and to advocate for themselves. The HLAA Santa Monica chapter has already advocated for captions at movies, a place in a restaurant where we can have that conversation and educated our members about how we can continue to have that chat on the phone with your loved ones. I am now Walking for our new Santa Monica chapter and an organization whose primary goal is to empower those with hearing loss to improve their own lives and the lives of millions of others.
I invite you to join me in my Walk and support our cause.
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.