I was diagnosed with hearing loss shortly after I was born, and I received a bone-anchored hearing implant from Cochlear in 2014. I received the Anders Tjellstrom scholarship from Cochlear to help me further my education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a Special Education major. I spent 10 weeks this summer in Denver, Colorado as an intern with Cochlear, giving back to the company and the individuals who gave me full hearing, a scholarship, and confidence to live my life. I am now a volunteer for Cochlear and am excited to lead Cochlear's NC Walk4Hearing to raise awareness for hearing loss as well as raise money for individuals affected by hearing loss and their families. I am walking for all students affected by hearing loss. My passion is improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, and I want to show my students and other individuals with hearing loss that we can overcome any struggle that faces us. If you are able, please donate to help me reach my goal. Thank you!
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 $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss 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.
- Approximately 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss
- More than 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in their workplaces
- An estimated 1 in 5 American teens experiences some degree of hearing loss
- 2.3 million Veterans receive either disability compensation for service-connected hearing disabilities or are in treatment for related hearing issues
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.