Why am I walking?
I am back again this year to ask for your support and contribution in tribute to my Mom's memory and to everyone I know
that has hearing loss. Thank you!
I am walking again in memory of my mother who lived with a severe hearing loss and her sisters that had hearing loss. I am proud to once again "walk in her shoes" so that I can continue the work she did and advocate for hearing loss. Her strength and indominable spirit lives on in all those who knew her and will be present on the day of the walk which was so dear to her heart. Please contribute if you can in memory of Lois Beadle. Dennis and I are grateful!
The Hearing Loss Association of America's (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 $6 million and has become the largest walk for hearing 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.
- 48 million people have some form of hearing loss
- 26 million people have noise-induced hearing loss that could have been prevented
- 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
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.