Do You Know Six People?
If so, chances are you know someone with a hearing loss. That's because 48 million people in the U.S. - or 1 in 6 - have some degree of hearing loss.
I'm participating in the Walk4Hearing to raise funds and awareness to help improve the lives of people with hearing loss, starting right here in my own community. I want to let others know that they are not alone, that there is help, and that they can live well with hearing loss. The funds I raise will go directly to the national and local programs and services dedicated to supporting those individuals. A portion of the funds will go to The Global Alliance of Speech-to-Text Captioning to further its efforts to bring universal accessibility to the spoken word via all forms of captioning.
Hearing loss is permanent, there is no cure and it can't be reversed. But it can be screened for, treated, and in many cases, prevented. In fact, if gone untreated, hearing loss can have a significant negative impact on quality of life. So I am issuing a challenge:
Take charge of your hearing health and get your hearing screened!
A hearing screening is painless, easy, and fast, but its benefits can last a lifetime. I am asking you to take charge of your own hearing health and encourage your friends and family members to do the same. In fact, I want you to let everyone know about it. Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and Tweet using #screenURhearing to let people know that you got your hearing checked or encouraged someone else to. Don't forget to like the Walk4Hearing Facebook page and even follow @hearinglossassociation on Instagram. Be sure to utilize your social media network!
I'm walking because I want to make an impact on the lives of people with hearing loss. Can I count on you to take the first step and support me?