Did you know that one out of ten people has a hearing loss? Chances are you know a few people with some degree of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss affects overall health in negative ways – falls, isolation, anxiety, depression, and now, a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. Many people age into their hearing loss while they are still in the workforce. Hearing loss can be prevented, screened for, and treated. The HLAA Walk4Hearing brings people together in communities to create awareness about hearing loss.
Since 2006, the HLAA Walk4Hearing has raised more than $13 million and has become the largest walk for hearing health.
Why I Walk
I discovered my bilateral hearing loss 15 years ago. I tried to ignore it like many poeple do when they first discover their hearing loss. But I couldn't function socially or at work without hearing assistance, so I broke down and bought my first pair of hearing aids. I joined HLAA and have also become actively involved at the Local and State levels. I participate in the Walk4Hearing because I want others to know that they are not alone and something can be done to live well with hearing loss no matter what age or level of hearing. I am motivated by being part of a larger mission as well as enjoying the camaraderie, meeting others who have hearing loss – their family and friends – learning from others, visiting the exhibit tables, all in my own community. And, ultimately, it’s fun for everyone!
Please make a donation to my personal Walk4Hearing page. Your donation supports the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and local communities by providing information, education, support, and advocacy. HLAA represents the 48 million people and their families affected by hearing loss in the United States, but HLAA helps one person at a time. The Walk4Hearing is evidence of that.
Take Charge of Your Hearing Health and Get Your Hearing Screened
The call to action of the 2019 Walk4Hearing is “Get Your Hearing Checked!”
Take charge of your own hearing health (or encourage someone else) by getting a hearing screening! Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and Tweet #screenURhearing to let us know that you got your hearing checked or encouraged someone else to do so.
I hope you will consider supporting or joining me at the Walk4Hearing. Thank you!
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org.