This will be our 8th Year Walking with Team Sophia.
Sophia is 9 yrs old. She was born with SNHL and conduction loss. Initially Sophias loss was mild to moderate now it is moderate to severe. Her hearing aids and speech are her treatment. We are not sure if Sophia will lose her hearing completely or if she will remain where she is. Either way we support her journey.
Sophia has worn hearing aids since she was a few weeks old. She was given loaner aids until we could get her a pair of her own around 7 months. Through donations there was a program set up to allow us to barrow hearing aids so that sounds wouldn't be lost forever. We were so grateful we decided to support back by fundraising for the walk4hearing! We chose CHOP of PA for our donation location. This will continue to allow those in need to barrow aids, speech therapies and hearing impairment equipment to be utilized.
The walk4hearimg has an amazing walk each year rain or shine to support the young and old with hearing loss. Please if possible support Team Sophia in continuing to raise money for this cause so close to our hearts. Also please join our team if you would like and walk! All donations are tax deductible!
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 $7.7 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.