I will be taking part in the Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at FDR State Park. This is my way to help support Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
HLAA is the foremost organization in the country that advocates for and works to support people with hearing loss.
While growing up with a hearing loss and wearing one hearing aid, I managed to get through elementary and high school, and New York City Tech where I studied Dental Hygiene. It was difficult trying to process listening and understanding. It was a struggle every day. There were no fm receivers, no captioning, no loops, and no one else around with hearing loss who understood my frustrations.
Many years later, after losing more hearing I was implanted with a cochlear implant. A friend then introduced me to SHHH, the forerunner to HLAA. It was through HLAA that I finally felt more comfortable with my hearing loss and how to cope with it. Learning to speak up for my needs to hear better and to communicate more easily was a big accomplishment.
I am grateful for the support from HLAA and the members I have met through the years. I hope you will join me in helping to continue the work HLAA provides for those with hearing loss. Please donate whatever you can. Join my Rat Pack team and Walk4Hearing!