My son Sawyer was born with hearing loss. He wears hearing aids to help develop language and we have started to teach him to sign for things he needs. Before Sawyer, we had no clue what hearing loss was. I never touched a hearing aid, let alone changed a battery in one. We are learning new things everyday and meeting amazing people because of this plan God has made for our family. We are fully convinced that a cure for hearing loss will be found within Sawyer's lifetime. For now we hep raise awareness so that those with hearing loss can have the same opportunities and advantages as everyone else. Any amount is never too small or large, please donate if you are able to.
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.
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.
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.