Hearing loss has affected my family and friends of all ages. As you know, I have dedicated my career to helping individuals and families of people with hearing loss and have experienced the feeling of being part of a husband hearing his wife for the first time in 25 years, a daughter, hearing her mother's voice for the first time ever. It is an honor to be part of that experience. Please join me and support me in reaching my goal for Walk 4 Hearing, no donation is too small. Who knows, maybe Papi will make an appearance! Remember that Facebook story about the college kid who asked for everyone to send him a penny? every bit counts! This year, I will be walking for the 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.
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.