National Capital Area
2007 Walk4Hearing
Damascus Recreational Park
October 28th

My chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America walked in one of the 15 walks of the Walk4Hearing. It was so exciting to see so many people in one place walking for hearing loss awareness! In my opinion, raising awareness is almost as important as raising money. If hearing loss is ever to become a matter of national concern, it must be put on the “radar” of our country’s legislators, press, and communities.

Sometimes people have a hearing loss and they think the only groups available to help them are those who are culturally Deaf and sign. Very few Americans lose their hearing and learn sign language to replace the way they once communicated. Most do not realize that there are a variety of technologies to maximize what they hear, no matter what caused their hearing loss. Some think that their level of hearing loss is “too mild” or “too severe”. They don’t realize that there are communication strategies and tips that will help! They may feel like they are alone, and that no one understands. HLAA provides information, education, advocacy and support to people with hearing loss and their families.

It is so important to know you are not alone. At the starting line of the Walk on Sunday it was such a thrill to see the big rainbow of team colors, smiling faces and variety of ages in people who care about hearing loss! To know you aren’t alone and that others understand… talk about a priceless moment in time!

Denise Portis
©2007 Hearing Loss Diary

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