I love the Walk4Hearing! Why? Because it brings people together of all ages to learn about hearing loss and share experiences. I love to see children with hearing loss meet others just like themselves and know they are not alone.
And more, #CommAccess -- it's really neat when we let people know it's okay to advocate on behalf of themselves. Just ask, speak up and then Tweet about it. It could be something as simple as asking your doctor to face you when he is talking to you about your new meds. (My doc looks at his computer screen as he types!...But not since I spoke up!)
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss while bringing together families to learn from one another about hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing 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.