It’s Time To Walk4Hearing!

It’s that time of year again — Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) annual Walk4Hearing in New York City! This will be my third year walking. Like last year, my family and I will also be Walk volunteers, arriving early to help set up and to man the registration tables. It is a great way to get the whole family involved.

Walk4Hearing is one of my favorite advocacy events of the year. To find or support a walk near you, click here.

Walk day is always fun — lots of smiling children with CIs and hearing aids surrounded by supportive families and friends galore. Big teams and small teams. Patients and audiologists. Advocates and volunteers. All there to make a difference. It is a beautiful moment to share with others in the hearing loss community.

This year, the Walk4Hearing will include a #HearingLossChallenge. Walkers will have the opportunity to wear earplugs during the walk to experience what hearing loss is like first hand. The earplugs will be provided free at the walk sites.

Hearing loss is difficult for hearing people to understand, and rightly so. It is hard to imagine the disorientation that comes from the absence of sound, the concentration required to communicate using both visual and auditory clues, and how people and things can come up from behind you with no warning.

While the experience with earplugs will not be 100% accurate, it will certainly provide a taste of what living with hearing loss is like. I am interested to see how people are affected by the experience. Photos and reactions can be shared on social media using the hashtags #HearingLossChallenge and #Walk4Hearing.

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 $9 million and has become the largest walk for hearing taking place in cities across the United States.

Readers, will you walk this year?  To find or support a walk near you, click here.

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7 thoughts on “It’s Time To Walk4Hearing!”

  1. Shari,

    Best wishes for a successful walk in NY. We are preparing for our Philadelphia walk on Oct. 22 at the Philadelphia Naval Yard and always have a need for more volunteers and walkers. Good luck to all of the nationwide walks.

    Mike

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks Mike. I hope the Philly one goes well too! The Walks are such an important fundraiser and also lots of fun!

  2. tonybars84 – I led a pretty typical life until January 2016 when I suffered an autoimmune attack that nearly took my life. Luckily my life was spared, but I lost much of my hearing. Aside from that fun fact, I'm a 33 year old with 2 beautiful young girls, a great wife and a yappy dog.
    tonybars84 says:

    Walking in NJ on October 15!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Excellent!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Excellent. Have fun.

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