Hello Family & Friends!
Team 'I Hear You Daddy' is ready once again to join the Walk4Hearing on behalf of Cacey and Lola, and all people with hearing loss! This is our fourth year participating in the Walk4Hearing, and our team has raised over $13k thanks to your continued support!
ABOUT HLAA & WALK4HEARING: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, helps open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy, and support. In 2006, the HLAA started the Walk4Hearing to increase awareness about hearing loss, help to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss taking place in cities across the United States. Every spring and fall, people with hearing loss, parents with children who have hearing loss, hearing health care professionals, alliance groups, companies, and friends and families raise funds and walk.
A FEW FACTS:
- 48 million (20%) Americans have some form of hearing loss.
- 26 million have noise-induced hearing loss that could be prevented.
- 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss.
- 60% of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
- 80% of people with hearing loss who could benefit from a hearing aid do not wear one.
- Even a mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.
WHY WE WALK: Our daughters, Cacey (6) and Lola (3) were both born with bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss. Cacey has a severe-to-profound loss and Lola, moderate/severe-to-severe. With the help of early intervention, audiological services, hearing aids, speech therapy, and love and support from family, friends, schools, and organizations like HLAA, Cacey and Lola are both thriving!
CACEY UPDATE: About 2 months ago, Cacey learned how to put her hearing aids in on her own without even looking in the mirror! She is so proud of herself, and of course Mom and Dad are too! Cacey loves Kindergarten and is doing extremely well. She no longer needs to be pulled out of her classroom for speech therapy and with the help of a FM/Roger system (microphone), utilized by her teachers, she doesn't seem to be missing much. Cacey continues to enjoy swimming lessons, and although she can't wear her hearing aids in the pool (they are water resistant, not water proof), she and her swim instructor communicate with signs, hand motions, and lip reading! She is quite good at the backstroke!
LOLA UPDATE: In October, Lola started our local pre-K Early Learning Program and is loving it! Although she still gets tired around lunchtime, she is handling the long day quite well. Lola receives speech therapy, works with a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired several times during the week, and has made leaps in bounds in her confidence and speech development. Her teachers also use a FM/Roger system so Lola doesn't miss a beat throughout her busy day! Lola is taking ballet (FINALLY - she's couldn't wait) and although we think she just likes to dress up like a ballerina, she is enjoying learning basic moves with twelve other 3-4 year olds.
As Cacey and Lola get older, it is imperative to their success and happiness that we constantly advocate for them, surround them with love and support, and encourage their independence. They use their hearing aids and FM/Roger technology along with the skills they are learning at school to maximize their hearing. Professionals and educators are often impressed with how well they use their hearing aids. We walk to help make sure that everyone with hearing loss has access to the services, information, and support they need to live a full life just like Cacey and Lola.
ABOUT THE WALK: On Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am (registration is at 10:00 am), we will be participating in the HLAA's 5K Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. Please join our team, 'I Hear You Daddy' (click on our team page below) on behalf of Cacey and Lola, and show your support by walking with us and/or donating.
This year, we have allocated all team funds to go directly to the National Hearing Loss Association of America to help provide resources and support to people living with hearing loss and their families. We know many of you have causes you already support so any amount helps! If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to: Walk4Hearing and mail it to me at: 78 Fitch Avenue, Darien, CT 06820.
We will let everyone know more about FDR Park and the meeting spot for team 'I Hear You Daddy' before May 13!
Thank you so much for your generosity, support, and love today and everyday!
Lindsey, Brian, Cacey & Lola