I joined the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Los Angeles Chapter in 2014. It has been a real awakening for me after spending my whole life previously dealing with my hearing loss by myself. Since joining HLAA, I've learned I'm not alone with my struggles as I've received support and encouragement from those with the same or even harder challenges than myself. Conversely, I've learned how to open up to my hearing challenges and help those in return learn to cope and find hope when otherwise there was none.
This isn't the first time I've asked for a Walk4Hearing donation to allow HLAA and my chapter continue to help those in need. But times have changed. There are now changing expectations of the younger generations looking for help, new technologies advances and more than realized need to help our veterans. The pressure is growing so it’s more critical than ever to allow HLAA and my chapter survive through these changing times and expectations of those in need.
I would be grateful for any donation you can spare to help me contribute to HLAA and my chapter via the Walk4Hearing walk scheduled for June 9. If you know of others who may like to help and donate, I would be grateful to please forward and share this with them!
About Walk4Hearing - 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 millions and has become the largest walk for hearing taking place in cities across the United States.
Why do I walk?
Hearing loss is a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis!
- 48 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 leading to depression, mental issues and isolation 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.
Thanks for your support!
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.