My name is Mikaela. I'm Walking on May 13th, 2017
to raise awareness about people who have hearing loss. I've been wearing hearing aids since I was 7 years old. There are many great doctors and professionals that have tried to help me improve what I'm hearing today. Unfortunately, in March 2014, I was hit in the face with a softball and suffered more hearing loss, leaving me with no hearing in my left ear. Recently, in July 2015, I was able to gain back this hearing by getting a Med El Cochlear Implant! It feels great to have it, recovering all the hearing that I lost. I adapted very quickly to all the new sounds it allowed me to hear. I don't know what my life would have been without it. Many doctors and professionals have helped me get this far and I am very thankful. I believe the Walk 4 Hearing can help me and others like me. I want to help other people with hearing loss feel better too. So please help me support the Walk 4 Hearing!
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 $9 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.
Thank you for your help!