As a musician, songwriter, and a fan, music has been the only dependable consistency in my life. I can only imagine what it must be like to be unable to or have difficulty hearing music. I once had a loved one with hearing loss that received some updated technology that vastly improved the capability of her hearing aids. She said something to me then that I'll never forget. She said she never realized there was background music in all the stores. Also, she said she knew birds sang and chirped but never realized they did it all the time. I didn't let her know at the time, but that statement struck me hard and I've never forgotten it. It opened my eyes to how I had been taking the most pleasurable thing in my life for granted.
It also drove me to read up on developing technology and the incredible speed of improvements being made both medically and technologically. Many feel it is not unrealistic to say that we will soon see a day when deafness and hearing loss are curable conditions for people of all ages and all walks of life.
By participating in Walk4Hearing events around the country, I feel like I'm contributing in a tiny way to this coming reality for all. I hope to one day see all people, all ages, all economic standings, and all locations be able to hear and enjoy the pleasure that music in full fidelity can provide. -BB
Did you know that one out of 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. Many people age into their hearing loss while they are still in the workforce. Hearing loss can be prevented, screened for, and treated. The HLAA Walk4Hearing brings people together in communities to create awareness about hearing loss.
Since 2006, the HLAA Walk4Hearing has raised more than $13 million and has become the largest walk for hearing health.
Donations support the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and local communities by providing information, education, support, and advocacy. HLAA represents the 48 million people and their families affected by hearing loss in the United States, but HLAA helps one person at a time. The Walk4Hearing is evidence of that.
Take Charge of Your Hearing Health and Get Your Hearing Screened
The call to action of the 2018 Walk4Hearing is “Get Your Hearing Checked!”
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.
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org.