Hello family and friends,
June 10, 2017 will be the first of many years to come that I will be participating in The Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual event, Walk4Hearing. The Hearing Loss Association of America (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 $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss taking place in cities across the United States.
Supporting this organization is very important to me as my daughter and I have a rare form of genetic, hearing loss called Reverse Slope. Currently not much help is available to assist the needs associated with our specific type of loss. The Hearing Loss Association has been a vital support to us. I would love it if you could join our team! I will be providing team tshirts for those that register and attend (quantities are limited) Registration is free, though donations are accepted and go to the HLAA or the HLAA Orange chapter, whichever you choose.
We walk because hearing loss is a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.
- Approximately 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss
- More than 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in their workplaces
- An estimated 1 in 5 American teens experiences some degree of hearing loss
- 2.3 million Veterans receive either disability compensation for service-connected hearing disabilities or are in treatment for related hearing issues
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.
I hope you will consider joining me on June 10th for the annual walk. Please dont hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.