On November 3rd I am participating in the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Walk 4 Hearing in Mesa, Arizona. This is an important event to me for a number of reasons and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
Did you know that one out of 10 people has a hearing loss? Chances are you know a few people with some degree of hearing loss. If you know me, you know at least one.
Untreated hearing loss affects overall health in negative ways – isolation, anxiety, depression, and now, a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. Yikes. Aging is hard enough, who needs that? But the good news is, certain types of hearing loss can be prevented, screened for, and treated, which makes the lives of those living with it a whole lot better. And that’s where this walk comes in. The HLAA Walk4Hearing brings people together in communities to create awareness about hearing loss, and since 2006, the HLAA Walk4Hearing has raised more than $13 million and has become the largest walk for hearing health.
Why I Walk
I am participating in the Walk4Hearing because this is a damn good cause and, honestly, I need to remind myself that I am not alone and something can be done to live well with hearing loss. I am excited about being part of a larger mission and meeting others who have hearing loss – their family and friends – learning from them and embracing the deaf and hearing loss community.
If you’re so inspired, 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.
I hope you will consider supporting or (better yet?!) joining me at the Walk4Hearing on Nov 3rd.