I'd love to have your support for the 2021 Milwaukee Walk4Hearing? I'm thankful for the organization that has made such an incredible difference in my life! I discovered HLAA, which was then called Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) in 1983. Becoming involved at the local, state and national levels empowered me to do something about my hearing loss after I had been led to believe that nothing could be done to help me.
Supporting this organization is a priority in my life because I am a beneficiary of the advocacy and education HLAA does. HLAA provides unbiased, consumer based information, and advocates for research in medicine and technology. As a cochlear implant recipient, I am a beneficiary of that research.
Until HLAA was founded in 1979, people with partial deafness had no identity. We didn't know how to talk about it. We didn't know who to talk about it with. Most of us lived in a chronic state of denial. The goal was to hide it rather then remedy it.
Even today, hearing loss remains stigmatized. Thankfully, things are changing. HLAA has given us a forum to share information, to educate the public and to advocate for better technology and the 'communication access' that technology provides.The peer support this organization can provide to people who are struggling with hearing loss is powerful. HLAA Rocks!!!
This event raises money, but it also creates awareness about the high incidence of partial deafness; an invisible disability that affects about 15% of the United States population. Perhaps it has become a part of your life as you've aged. If so, I encourage you to explore the HLAA website: www.hearingloss.org The information you find there is enlightening.
If you choose to donate via my walk team, I really appreciate it. However, it's even more important to me to know I've 'caught your ear' with this message.
No donation is too small! Having your support is BIG!
Julie Metternich Olson
Fox Valley HLAA Fox Trotters Team