Please Sponsor Me for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Walk4Hearing
It has been 20 years since a friend urged me to join the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and I have not regretted it. At first, I saw no need as I have been successfully mainstreamed thanks to caring, insightful parents.
Growing up, I thought I was unusual with my severe hearing loss as I have very rarely met anyone with hearing aids. Today, a hearing disability is recognized as a common health issue affecting tens of millions of Americans. It is also a hidden disability. People don’t want to admit they don’t hear well and some will minimize human contact to avoid awkward conversations. One person I met went to a psychiatrist hoping the hearing problem was in her mind! Anything to avoid the appearance of hearing loss.
Just because a person can obtain glasses to correct their vision perfectly does not mean one can buy a hearing aid and all their hearing mishaps will go away. I’ve learned while volunteering at HLAA and especially while attending my first convention how hearing loss is so varied. Three people can have very similar audiograms but need different solutions fashioned for them. Hard to believe.
That is why I am an advocate for all people with hearing loss. I want to spread awareness of this health issue, eradicate the stigma and raise funds for local and national programs.
Please join me in my efforts.