We have again this year joined the Hearing Loss Association of America, Walk for hearing to support our daughter Lila Grace, as well the millions of other children and adults who live with hearing loss. Hearing loss has a significant impact on the lives of people who live with it, especially children. They can be affected emotionally, socially and developmentally and often require accommodations to participate in daily activities.
There is so much more that needs to be understood about hearing loss In order for us and other families to support and provide the most effective care for our children. It is our hope that the future of research and education will bring a greater understanding as to the cause, treatment and ultimately reversal of hearing loss. There is hopeful research on the horizon and we have to believe that anything is possible and one day people with hearing loss will hear life to the fullest!
Thank you for supporting our mission.
The D'Onofrio Family
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 $7.7 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.