About the Walk4Hearing

Beautiful child walkingHLAA’s Walk4Hearing is the largest walk of its kind taking place in multiples cities across the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers – children and their families, young adults, young at heart and everyone in between – form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services.

Who Walks?

  • People with a passion for hearing loss issues get involved because either they have a hearing loss themselves or they want to show support for someone they know with hearing loss.
  • Parents of children with hearing loss walk as families and meet other parents along the way and share experiences.
  • Company teams walk to build workplace camaraderie.
  • Alliance groups such as schools for children with hearing loss, hospitals, universities and other nonprofit hearing loss-related organizations join the Walk4Hearing to raise money for their own projects.
  • Hearing health care professionals walk because they support our cause.

Why Do We Walk?

The Pink WalkTeam posesWe walk because hearing loss is a public health issue in the United States.

  • 48 million (20 percent) Americans have some form of hearing loss
  • 26 million have noise-induced hear loss that could be prevented
  • 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings

Many people do not know where to find information and support they need to adjust to living with hearing loss. When someone has a hearing loss it affects everyone they interact with – family, friends, co-workers, employers, neighbors – we all need to understand the impact of hearing loss and how to communicate with people with hearing loss.

How Are the Walk Funds Used?

Since 2006, over 100,000 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. Some examples of how funds are used include:

National Programs and Services

  • Provide timely and reliable information about hearing loss through HLAA’s website, Hearing Life MagazineHLAA e-News, the Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training, message boards/chat forums and annual conventions
  • Advocacy at the national level to affect legislation that impacts people with hearing loss, whether it’s funding for hearing aids, cochlear implants, communication access in public places or other important issues
  • A nationwide network of chapters and state organizations providing peer support
  • Outreach to veterans returning with hearing loss

Local Programs and Services

  • Captioning and hearing assistive technology at HLAA chapter meetings to make them accessible
  • Scholarships toward college tuition for students with hearing loss
  • Funding for hearing aids and assistive listening devices for people who cannot afford them
  • Installation of hearing assistive technology in public places, such as community rooms and public libraries
  • Captioning of live theater productions
  • Seminars on coping with hearing loss

 National Sponsors

There is a variety of national sponsorship opportunities to showcase your company through the Walk4Hearing. For more information about national sponsorship opportunities please visit the national sponsors page.

About the New England Walk

The New England Walk4Hearing is one of 20 HLAA annual walk fundraisers to raise hearing loss awareness as well as funding for national and local programs for people affected by hearing loss.

Happy couple walkingOur 2019 New England Walk4Hearing took place on Sunday, October 27 at Artesani Park on the Brighton-Cambridge line.

If you think you’d like to join us, we invite you to go to our walk page and sign up to walk with us!  You can also:

  • Recruit local sponsors.
  • Volunteer on Walk day or distribute posters and brochures to spread the word in your local community.

You can also follow all of the updates about this year’s New England Walk on the our Facebook page.

The New England Walk4Hearing helps hearing loss support groups all over the region to raise community dollars and fund a wide range of programs.  Our HLAA Boston Chapter’s work is entirely funded through the Walk4Hearing.