I have wore hearing aids for over 30 years, then in 2005 received my first cochlear implant. second one in 2011, I enjoy music of yesterday, music I grow up with. Today's music doesn't mean much to me, as don't always understand the song or words. In the next two months, I will be upgraded to the Kanso on both sides. It is the newest technology out for Cochlear America receipents. These new units are all attached to the head, and no wires or ear hooks. Will let you know how I do after my first appointment for hook up.
Now for the past several years, I have prepared for Walk4Hearing, by becoming the Team Captain for the Mission Viejo Chapter and enjoy doing the fund raising for my team and myself in getting donatioins for our team, then some of us do that 3.1 mile walk at the Long Beach Marina on June 10 2017 in honor of donations gathered.
The Hearing Loss Association America's (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 $6 million and has become the largest walk for hearing 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.
- 36 million people have some form of hearing loss
- 26 million people have noise-induced hearing loss that could have been prevented
- 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
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.