Each year, thousands of walkers, who represent the more than 48 million people living with hearing loss in the US, come together to increase awareness of hearing health and raise funds to support hearing resources in local communities. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing along with 2021 platinum sponsor CapTel Captioned Telephone, announce that people of all ages are invited to participate in the events and to “Hear Now. Be Well.” By being active and engaged and making hearing health a regular part of a wellness regimen, people with hearing loss can thrive.
The Walk4Hearing brings people with hearing loss together to share experiences, find solutions, and provide support.
This fall, Walk4Hearing events are back in person after a year and a half of being held virtually. Events will take place in local communities September through November and registration is free and open to all! Each event includes a 5K walk, entertainment, and activities. The health and safety of participants, volunteers, and staff remain the top priority, according to the announcement, and these events will be held in keeping with CDC and local public health guidance. Participants will also continue to have the option to walk in their own neighborhoods.
“We greatly appreciate the support received from participants and volunteers in each of our Walk locations who kept Walk4Hearing going virtually throughout this pandemic,” said Barbara Kelley, executive director of HLAA. “It’s with this incredible dedication that we’re able to move forward with in-person Walk events this fall.”
If anything, COVID-19 has highlighted even further the importance of hearing health and its connection to overall mental and physical health, according to the organizations. HLAA remains focused on providing people with hearing loss the resources and tools to communicate and hear well.
“There is something everyone can do to protect their hearing,” continued Kelley. “If you have noticed a sudden change or decline in your hearing, have your hearing checked and take the steps to connect with resources and technologies that can help you hear better. Come to the Walk4Hearing and find out what you can do. The Walk is a place where communities gather, share experiences, and discover resources and technologies to help people with hearing loss thrive.”
Since 2006, Walk4Hearing has raised more than $16 million to support essential programs and resources that assist people with hearing loss, according to the announcement. In partnership with 1,750 alliance organizations and 750 HLAA Chapter and State Organizations, HLAA is making a difference nationally and in local communities by advocating for communication access, conducting hearing screenings, providing scholarships to students, and more.
“There is nothing like the Walk4Hearing to bring individuals, families, friends, and businesses together, all in support of hearing loss awareness,” said Robert Engelke, president of CapTel, Inc and Honorary Chair of 2021 Walk4Hearing. “The Walks are joyful, purposeful, and empowering. CapTel is privileged to be a long-standing part of this community and to support the tremendous work going on at the national and local level to advance opportunities for people with hearing loss.”
Walk4Hearing events will be held in 12 cities across the country this fall. If there is no local Walk nearby, you can register for any location, walk in your own neighborhood, and raise funds to support HLAA’s mission. In-person activities will follow CDC and local public health guidelines, which may vary in different locations.
Buffalo– Saturday, September 25
Chicago– Sunday, September 26
San Diego– Saturday, October 2
New England– Sunday, October 3
Kentucky– Saturday, October 9
New Jersey– Sunday, October 10
North Carolina– Sunday, October 10
Washington DC– Saturday, October 16
Pennsylvania– Sunday, October 17
Houston– Sunday, October 24
Arizona– Saturday, November 6
We recognize our national sponsors and alliance organizations for their generosity and help raising awareness and funds through Walk4Hearing.
CapTel Captioned Telephone
Advanced Bionics, CaptionCall, Cochlear Americas, Hamilton CapTel, Olelo Captioned Calls,
ReSound, Starkey, T-Mobile
Source: HLAA, CapTel Captioned Telephone
Image: HLAA, CapTel Captioned Telephone