48 Million People
1 in 6, about 15%, or 48 million people – no matter how you look at it, there is a large amount of people in the United States who are living with some degree of hearing loss. Today’s society continues to get louder - with construction, traffic, sporting events, concerts, even lawnmowers and leaf blowers - and it’s affecting our hearing health.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA strives to give people the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss and to show them they do not have to face it alone.
Hearing loss is permanent, but people with hearing loss can, and do, live rich and fulfilling lives. I want to help make it a little easier for them to do so. It starts right here in my own community with generous people like you, who are willing to step up and support me.
I’m participating in the Walk4Hearing to help raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. I want to help others realize they are not alone and they can live well with hearing loss. The funds I raise provide national and local services that are dedicated to supporting those individuals.
Although hearing loss can’t be cured or reversed, it can be screened for and treated; in some cases, further loss can be prevented! It’s not too late to take care of your hearing health. Still, it’s estimated that on average people who suspect they have hearing loss wait seven years before seeking treatment.Hearing loss can be very isolating and if left untreated, it can have a profound and negative impact on your life.
So if you think you may have a hearing loss, I’m going to challenge you:
Don’t wait! Get your hearing screened!
A hearing screening is quick, painless, and easy, and its benefits can last a lifetime! I’m asking you to take control of your own hearing health and encourage your family and friends to do the same. In fact, I want you to let everyone know about it! Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and tweet using #screenURhearing to let people know you got your hearing checked and/or encouraged someone else to do so. Don’t forget to “like” the Walk4Hearing Facebook page and follow @hearinglossassociation on Instagram. Utilize all of your social media networks and spread the word!
Can I count on you to support me?
I lost my hearing after surgery for an acoustic neuroma in 1996. The tumor destroyed my hearing nerve in my left ear. At that point in time, my doctor didn't explain the residual effects, what being single sided deafness was. I suffered for years, eventually even losing my dream job because I could not hear my customers on the retail floor. I floundered around with jobs after that trying to find something that would work with my hearing loss. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that a doctor explained that the symptoms I was having were from the surgery and loss of hearing. This last year I meet a fantastic lady, Wendy Harkins Ross, that works with Caption Call and the Walk4Hearing. She has been so helpful in explaining how I could get better services to talk on the phone and in crowds. I set up a Caption Call that gives me the captions I need to hear phone calls more effectively. After the pandemic I will be checking into a hearing aid. I'm so excited to feel more secure with this disability. My work as CEO of Disability Pride Philadelphia Inc has opened my eyes to inclusion and I'm excited to work with more organizations that share my same values.