This will be my 4th year participating in the Walk. I am a CART captioner, and the joy I feel when I know that another person's quality of life is enhanced because they have captions during a class or at an event or wherever it is needed fills my heart to the brim. It is in our nature to want to help one another and, this is why I Walk.
Read the "public service announcement" below, and if this is a cause that touches your heart in any way, please join our team and/or make a donation TODAY!
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.
So, again, if anything you have read here touches your heart, please DONATE or JOIN our team TODAY.
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.