Hearing loss has personally affected me for as long as I can remember. I wasn't diagnosed with a hearing loss until the age of three, but it's likely that I was born with my bilateral, moderate to severe loss. I'll never forget the story my parents tell me about the first time we came home after being fitted with my brand new hearing aids. There was a noise I kept listening to, with wide eyes and a curiousity they hadn't yet seen. After a while, they realized what it was that I was so enamored with - it was the sound of birds singing! As a new mom, I can only imagine the feelings that were running through my parents hearts in this moment and I get emotional just thinking about it.
Fast forward to 32 years later, and I've been volunteering with a nonprofit in Orange County that I stumbled upon after my move here from Chicago for about 6 years now. They have been the most delightful and passionate group of human beings I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and they really care about the people they're helping. I'm honored to be on the Board with them, and believe so strongly in the mission of HearAid Foundation.
Did you know that the vast majority of insurance providers do not cover hearing devices and services, deeming them not medically necessary? Most families are left to bear the financial burden themselves, and for many it is beyond their means. There are more than 30,000 people with hearing loss living under the poverty level in Orange County, California. The retail cost of a pair of low-to mid-range hearing aids is between $3K and $5K! HearAid Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization giving the gift of hearing to financially disadvantaged infants, children, and adults, by compassionately providing quality hearing devices, services, and care. I hope you can join my Walk4Hearing team or support me by making a donation. And, if you are motivated, take charge of your own hearing health or encourage someone you know to get their hearing screened.
We at HearAid Foundation would like for you to join our team, lace up your shoes, and have fun! The HLAA Walk4Hearing rallies communities across the country to create awareness about hearing health. Walk day is a chance for you to meet others affected directly and indirectly by hearing loss, and raise funds that go to national and local programs like ours. By joining our team, you will contribute to a mission of providing information, education, support and advocacy for people with hearing loss, and you will help HearAid Foundation give the gift of hearing to those in need.
Since 2006, the HLAA Walk4Hearing has raised more than $13 million and has become the largest walk to raise awareness for hearing health. The call to action of the 2018 Walk4Hearing is “Get Your Hearing Checked!”. Did you know that one in ten people has a hearing loss? Chances are you know a few people with some degree of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss affects overall health in negative ways – falls, isolation, anxiety, depression, and now, a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. Take charge of your own hearing health (or encourage someone else) by getting a hearing screening! Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and Tweet #screenURhearing to let us know that you got your hearing checked or encouraged someone else to do so.
Walk with us on Saturday, June 9th at 10am, in Long Beach, California. If you would like to learn more about HearAid Foundation, please visit http://www.hearaidfoundation.org
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org