BENEFITING: Hearing Loss Association of America
ORGANIZER: Hearing Loss Association of America
EVENT DATE: Sep 14, 2016
HLAA Changed My Life
One of the best things that ever happen to me was that I was put on the national board of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). After the first meeting several board members pulled me aside and said, "Nancy you really don't hear much at all." I thought, "do they think they are telling me something I don't know?" Their next question was, why haven't you gotten a cochlear implant? I told them I'd been asking for one for over 15 years and was always told I wasn't a candidate. When I told them who was telling me this I was told to get out of Massachusetts and go to NYU Cochlear Implant Center and Dr. John Roland. Six weeks later Dr. Roland operated on me, three weeks after that I got the exterior portion of my cochlear and got my life back. I can hear. Thank you HLAA.
I'm asking you to give so we can have the money to continue the battle to get hearing aids covered by insurance, break down the stigma, continue to educate people so they will get and wear hearing aids and not become isolated and understand all the new technology that is out there to help people with hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Association of America wrote -
It's true, hearing assistive technology (HAT) has come a long way since your grandmother used an ear trumpet. New hearing aids and cochlear implants along with HAT and mobile apps now make it possible to listen even in the most challenging environments. Why, then, aren't hearing aids routinely covered by hearing insurance? Why does the stigma associated with hearing loss still exist? Why do people live in denial when it only leads to isolation and stressful relationships?
Hearing loss is invisible. You can't see the isolation and depression. But it's there, and it affects every interaction at home, at work and at play, every conversation, every minute of the day.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication for people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.
Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, coworkers, teachers, hearing health care providers, industry, government, and others about hearing loss. We provide information on many aspects of hearing loss, from technological and medical advances to coping and parenting strategies.
HLAA is proud to be the only consumer organization to sponsor the study Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS); on June 2, 2016 the NAS issued a report emphasizing that untreated hearing loss is a major public health issue affecting quality of life for 48 million Americans. As the nation’s leading organization for people with hearing loss, HLAA can solve the pervasive problem of untreated hearing loss by addressing the barriers to seeking help: lack of awareness, denial, stigma and cost.
Hearing loss affects all ages, not just grandmothers, and even if only one person in your family has hearing loss, it affects the whole family; it is a "family affair." HLAA seeks to empower the person with hearing loss to seek help; to learn about technology to use at home, at work, and at play; to help others with hearing loss; and to live well with hearing loss.
The HLAA tax identification number is 52-1177011. Donations received during the Revlon LOVE IS ON Challenge, will be used to support programs and services benefitting people with hearing loss and their families. The challenge ends Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. EST.