In 2012, I had to leave work permanently. With a severe hearing loss, I could no longer hear the customers' details told to me in a busy office or on the phone. For a while, I floundered around trying to decide what to do next when a friend asked me to start a hearing loss support group in Gardiner. We decided to align our group with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Since then I have been amazed at the wonderful work and resources available through this national organization.
Because of my association with HLAA, I have learned to advocate for myself in any number of life situations. I've learned how to manipulate my environment to accommodate my hearing loss disability. I became an active, contributing member of this group rather than allowing my disability to define me.
In March of 2018, I had a cochlear implant. After a grueling year of vertigo and other related ailments, I am back in the game, hearing better than ever; maybe not perfect but 90% better than before the implant. I wouldn't have taken this step if it wasen't for the support and information provided by HLAA.
Through HLAA, I've helped others find solutions and techniques to help them with their hearing loss. Having a severe hearing loss is isolating. It's like being in a room where everyone speaks a different language but you. Hearing loss can lead to depression and even dementia if left untreated.
Your donation, however small, helps the national organization lobby for changes in the law that protect the rights of people with a hearing loss and makes sure they have access to all the services necessary. In addition, HLAA provides educational programs on their website and support for the local chapters located across the country.
On the local level, we rely on your support to provide captioning services at our monthly meetings. We want our gatherings to be the one place a person can relax and connect with the discussion at hand without missing a word.
Thank you for whatever you can contribute.
CoChair of the HLAA
Mid Hudson Chapter in
Gardiner and Poughkeepsie
Take Charge of Your Hearing Health and Get Your Hearing Screened
The call to action of the 2018 Walk4Hearing is “Get Your Hearing Checked!”
Take charge of your own hearing health (or encourage someone else) by getting a hearing screening! Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and Tweet #screenURhearing to let us know that you got your hearing checked or encouraged someone else to do so.
I hope you will consider supporting or joining me at the Walk4Hearing. Thank you!
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org.