I'll be walking next Saturday in the Chattanooga, TN Walk4Hearing. The Walk is an effort produced by the Hearing Loss Association of America, which is an organization near and dear to my heart. I got involved with HLAA in 2007 after losing my hearing completely and looking online for support. The organization has not only provided me with what I needed in that sense but also has given me the tools that I need to advocate for myself, the education to know what assistive technology is available to me, and the networking opportunities that have brought me to where I am today, an employee with one of the largest telecommunications companies in the hearing loss world. The Hearing Loss Association of America offers these same resources to people with hearing loss nationwide. It is one of the largest and most well known organizations of its kind.
The Walk is intended to not only raise money for the furtherance of the Hearing Loss Association's work, but to create awareness of hearing loss within individual communities across the country. One in three Americans will experience significant hearing loss by retirement age; however, a stigma remains that makes hearing loss an uncomfortable situation to deal with for many people. By bringing hearing loss to the forefront of our communities' attention, we hope to lessen that stigma over time and make people aware of the many resources that our organization offers.
To that end, I am raising money for the Walk and am excited about walking next Saturday with other members of our organization from across the state. I am trying to raise a thousand dollars towards the organizations' efforts. I realize that money is tight and want to assure you that even five or ten dollars is very much appreciated. You will be making a difference! If you are not able to donate at this time, that's understandable, but please consider the impact that this organization has had on my life and the lives of others with hearing loss. Check out the website at www.hearingloss.org . Consider joining local Walks in your state!