This year (for obvious reasons), The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing will be held virtually. Every year, I look forward to the Walk4Hearing-I get to see old friends, get together with co-workers outside by the Hudson, and see how much all the kids have grown (and see what kind of face-painting designs they choose!). I will really miss that this year.
For the past 6 months, even during the height of the pandemic in NYC, the team that I work with has gone above and beyond any expectations to make sure that people had working cochlear implant processors and hearing aids, often in very creative ways.Our audiologists have been seeing patients in-person (with strict precautions in place). Our speech pathologists have been doing virtual auditory therapy with kids and adults, to make sure that they continue to learn how to use their devices.
We have been seeing patients in-person now for months. This pandemic has added an additional stress to the lives of anyone with a hearing loss - MASKS. There is no easy solution. Clear masks degrade sound and typical surgical masks (which allow more sound) block any chance of lipreading. With creative solutions, including captioning, typing out what is being said etc, we have come up with ways to communicate but it's very difficult. It's exhausting.
We need organizations like HLAA to advocate for everyone with a hearing loss and continue to come up with creative solutions- HLAA 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.
Please consider sponsoring me on the 2020 HLAA Walk4Hearing. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. I'd be happy to show that I did my "walk" next Sunday via my FitBit screen :)
Thank you in advance for your help. Stay well-