The Walk4Hearing™, produced by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), is the largest walk of its kind in the country that raises awareness and helps to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss. The HLAA Walk4Hearing is held in multiple cities across the country. Since 2006, over 18,000 walkers have stepped up and helped raise money for programs and services for people with hearing loss and their families. Money raised is shared between the national organization and local Walk sites. California chapters have raised over $45,000 combined in a single walk. Our walks switch between the North (in San Francisco) and the South (in Long Beach) every other year.
Why do we walk? We walk because hearing loss is a public health issue that is third in line only to heart disease and arthritis. Hearing loss should be screened for just like blood pressure or diabetes. One in ten Americans has a hearing loss and yet only 20 percent receive the screening, technology and services they need.
- 17 percent of Americans have some degree of hearing loss
- One in five teens has hearing loss
- 58,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan return with hearing loss
- Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most prevalent, but treatable, condition after arthritis and hypertension
- Baby boomers who reach retirement age in 2010 are pushing the number even higher and are predicted to double it by 2030.
- 30 school-aged children per 1,000 have a hearing loss
You can read more about ways in which walk funds are used here.