This year we will be doing the Walk for Hearing for the 9th time! In 2019 we braved the rain, in 2020 due to the pandemic we walked in our own neighborhood and made the most of our fundraising virtually! This year we are hoping for our best year yet in both weather and fundraising! We are so grateful to have such wonderful care for Nate's hearing so close to home and we have received invaluable support from CHOP. We love paying it forward each year and can't wait to get back to the Navy Yard in October for what has become a tradition for our family and this year some new walkers are sure to join us!
Please support Team CHOP in honor of Nate and all of the other kids that go to CHOP to receive the best pediatric hearing care in our area. It all starts there, but the Center for Childhood Communication does so much more than just provide awesome surgeons. They also offer assistance to families of deaf and hard of hearing kids in other areas such as : social work, educational planning, parent and sibling workshops and panel discussions for those newly diagnosed with hearing loss. Oh -and I almost forgot, the best Audiologists and Speech Therapists around. Nate has been on this journey to better hearing and speech since he was 10 months old and this year he will turn 17 in December. I don't know where we would be without CHOP. Everyday we feel so grateful to have gone to The Center for Childhood Communication at CHOP for Nathans' care! Thanks in advance for your support!
Angela Darpino, Mom of Nathan
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.