We are walking for Colin and for George!!!
In 2013, at age 5, Colin was diagnosed wtih Severe Sensorineural hearing loss in his left ear. He has approximately 42% hearing loss and loses a little more each year. He wears his hearing aid with pride and aspires to be a Major Leage Catcher..
George also had hearing loss and was determined to finally get hearing aids that worked for him and was going to see Colin's audiologist to get real ones.
We have accepted the challenge of participating in the Hearing Loss Association of America Walk4Hearing.The Hearing Loss Association of America (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 $10 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.
Tom, Theresa, Ryan & Colin Foley
Team Colin's Catchers
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.