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.
Why I Walk
I participate in the Walk4Hearing because I want others to know that they are not alone and something can be done to live well with hearing loss no matter what age or level of hearing. I was born with Atresia and Microtia and have no hearing in my right ear. I am going to be 17 this month and work hard everyday no matter what challenges I face. Having a unilateral hearing loss has not been easy, you struggle in large groups to hear, in the classroom it is hard to listen to your peers and the teacher at the same time and those that do not know you are hearing impaired think you are ignoring them. Although it can be difficult, it has not stopped me from doing my very best. I have excellent grades, play Varsity soccer, track, and travel soccer. I belong to many student groups at school and volunteer in the community. This will be the seventh year that Courtney’s Crew is participating in the walk! I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends that donate, and/or walk with me to support a cause that is so close to my heart. This year we may not be able to walk in NYC but we plan on making the day special. This pandemic and need to wear masks had certainly made it increasingly difficult for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. We will get through these uncertain times and must all work together to support one another.
Please make a donation to my personal Walk4Hearing page. Your donation supports 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.
I hope you will consider supporting or joining me at the Walk4Hearing. Thank you!
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org.