Community is the Essence of Walk4Hearing

Walk4Hearing is the only nationwide event bringing attention to hearing loss and promoting the importance of hearing health. Funds raised support HLAA’s national awareness and education programs, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations, and alliances that help extend HLAA’s mission into local communities.

Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised $17.5 million to fund programs from more than 2,000 alliance organizations. We’ve welcomed 110,000 people at 304 Walks with participation from over 800 HLAA Chapter and State Organizations.

Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has:

304 Walk for hearing Walks
Raised over 17 million
Funded over 2000 alliances
Over 800 chapter and state Organizations participated

Participating in Walk4Hearing means joining thousands of people across the country who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss. Hearing is an important part of overall health and Walk4Hearing calls on all of us to take action. By being active, engaged, and making hearing health a priority, people with hearing loss can live well.

Community Impact

To extend our reach into local communities, Walk4Hearing partners with HLAA Chapters, State Organizations, and other nonprofits who share our commitment to hearing health and supporting people with hearing loss. Below, you will discover the impact of these groups.

  • Raise public awareness and provide information about hearing health.
  • Advocate at the federal level to support policies such as hearing aid compatible and captioned phones, hearing access in public places, and online captioning.
  • Work with industries to ensure products are accessible for people with hearing loss.
  • Host educational webinars with information that help individuals with hearing loss live well.
  • Provide resources to assist individuals with hearing loss to be self-advocates.
  • Award scholarships to attend the annual HLAA Convention.
  • Offer consumer input on technologies, captioning services, and research.
  • Create resource toolkits for the workplace and medical settings.
  • Offer college scholarships for students with hearing loss.
  • Establish hearing access in public places with the installation of assistive technologies.
  • Ensure accessibility in chapter and state meetings with captioning and hearing loops.
  • Provide opportunities for members to attend HLAA Convention.
  • Secure meeting spaces for hearing loss expos/conferences and health fairs.
  • Create exhibits to display and test assistive listening devices.
  • Attend community meetings and provide educational presentations on hearing health.
  • Financially assist those unable to afford appointments, hearing aids, or other devices.
  • Provide training and placement of hearing assistance dogs.
  • Research and develop metrics to enhance captioning quality. Offer scholarships for professionals and college students to attend industry conferences.
  • Enhance and support early intervention, listening, and spoken language programs.
  • Provide accessibility (CART and assistive listening devices) for meetings or classrooms.
  • Coordinate summer camps and picnics for children with hearing loss and their families.
  • Conduct hearing screenings and hearing health presentations in communities.
  • Support student- and faculty-based research studies in hearing loss and speech therapy.
  • Maintain hearing technology instruments for audiologists and speech therapists.
  • Participate in humanitarian and public health projects.

Learn more about our Alliance Program and how to get involved.

“The Walk4Hearing is an incredibly fun and memorable day for us. Our family and friends plan to attend for years to come. Raising funds and receiving encouragement from so many friends and new supporters meant the world to us.”

Monica Colvin
Chicago Walk4Hearing

Kiera Sumer

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA organizes Walk4Hearing events, holds an annual Convention, publishes the magazine, Hearing Life, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has HLAA Chapters across the country.


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