Last year I participated in my first ever walk for anything thon. Sure I have sponsored people over the years, but this was personal. With very generous support I was the top fundraiser, and my goal is to do double this year. I have been very impressed with the work the HLAA does on behalf of hearing advocacy. Our funds are well spent and help in so many ways. The bill to offer over the counter hearing aids is going to be a game changer and the HLAA made that happen. I sure you hope you join me again this year. Or better JOIN TEAM L'AUDIBLE. We welcome everyone....
AND NOW THIS FROM THE HLAA
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.