My Hearing Loss Story
It's time for our annual NC Walk4Hearing. If you or someone you know struggles with hearing loss, please consider a donation to this organization. We work hard to better the lives of those with hearing loss and I am so grateful. It is the only charitable cause that I put out here on Facebook . . . but it's one that I strongly support and appreciate.
My story doesn't change much on a year to year basis, but in recently reviewing some things about our decades-long journey with hearing loss , Steve and I realized that I really do SO much better these days than I used to. It's amazing what education, technology and connection with others who deal with the same issues have done to improve life. Asking for donations for anything is not my forte but I do this because I know first hand what a difference this organization makes and how honorably your donations will be used. A donation would be appreciated, but -- Thank you -- just for reading my story.
I was diagnosed with 'moderate' hearing loss at the age of 16 and it has been 'on a downhill slope' since that time. While my hearing loss has progressed to being 'severe', I continue to find more progressive and technological ways to cope. So much of the credit for the ability to have a somewhat 'normal' life and functionality, I give to finding this organization . . . Hearing Loss Association of America. The efforts of this organization have been absolutely key in my success in dealing with my hearing loss.
My goal in this Walk4Hearing participation is not only to help raise funds for the organization (Hearing Loss Assoc of America, aka HLAA), but to help spread an awareness that there is help 'out there' for hearing loss. It is our desire to better serve and help those with hearing loss in our local communities. There are over 30 million people in America with some form of hearing loss. While the incidence of hearing loss does increase as we age, this is by no means simply an age related condition. Statistics show that 3 babies in 1000 will have some form of hearing loss (and many of you know that one of our sons has hearing loss). Early detection is so crucial to functional development. With the technology we have today, many people could be living more normal and fulfilling lives . . . Most people cite cost (can range from @ $700 to $3000+ per aid) as a reason for not purchasing hearing aids or seeking help for hearing loss. One of the things HLAA works hard on is advocating for tax credits for hearing aid purchases and for insurance coverage for hearing aids and hearing loss related health issues. This effort is continual, but we believe that it will become a reality.
Your support for me in this walk is greatly appreciated! I have been extremely fortunate that my husband has always been so very supportive of my hearing needs, both financially and emotionally. In most cases, it doesn't have to be an isolating, frustrating condition. I would like for everyone with hearing loss to be able to be a productive, employable and participative member of society.
Thank you for sharing my story and my concern.
Donations can be made online via this web connection (www.walk4hearing.org) or can be made out to
and mailed to my address:
860 Rickel Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739