The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing
- Increases awareness about issues related to hearing loss.
- Raises funds to provide information, education, advocay and support on behalf of almost 50,000 Americans who have hearing loss.
Why the 2021 Michigan Walk4Hearing is so important to me:
You can read the hearing loss stats below to see why the Walk4Hearing is so very important. My personal journey of living with hearing loss for over 40 years compels me to do whatever I can to help people who deal with hearing loss every single moment of their lives!
Discovering HLAA changed my life forever: it is right up there with marriage and children. Before HLAA (which I discovered in 1997) I hid my hearing loss... felt embarrased about my hearing loss... and I certainly did not fully understand the impact of my hearing loss on my quality of life and on the relationships with my family, friends and everyone with whom I interacted.
When I discovered HLAA, I learned that I was not alone and that others shared the same experiences. I was able to pursue the trainings, support and information that HLAA provides. My life changed for the better and I would never return to the dark place in which I lived for such a long time: isolation, self-doubt, and lack of self confidence.
In 2021 I am a new person! I have learned so much through HLAA and the wonderful volunteers in our HLAA Michigan State organization. They are truly the most dedicated and loving volunteers I have ever known. I get excited with every opportunity to educate, advocate and support people who live with hearing loss.
I am honored to be the current chapter coordinator for HLAA-MI. Your help is needed, now more than ever before, to make the 2021 Walk4Hearing successful!
If you, or people you know and love have a hearing loss, please support me in the 2021 W4H.
Love, Hugs and hearing health to you and yours.
LIZ :-) PS... Keep on reading below for the promised stats.
Facts About Hearing Loss
- 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.
Join the 2020 Southeast Michigan Walk4Hearing.
For more information about HLAA, please visit www.hearingloss.org.