Many folks with hearing loss might think about hearing loss and hearing aids practically every day. For everyone else, the month every year to be aware of all things related to hearing in May. It’s Better Hearing and Speech Month, and typically the talk is about the impact hearing loss has on your relationships, health, career, how to stop hearing loss and how to best treat hearing loss if you already have it. Though, what if you want to make a difference in the world for folks who have hearing loss, would you know where to begin?
Here’s a list of organizations that put hearing loss and its challenges front and center, raising funds and awareness for this vital cause.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Founded by Howard E. “Rocky” Stone in 1979 as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), in 2006 the charity was renamed Hearing Loss Association of America. Since its inception, its goal has stayed the same: to represent the more than 50 million Americans who have hearing loss and increase advocacy. HLAA brings lawmakers and consumers together to create public policy, communication access and service delivery for folks with hearing loss.
HLAA uses its signature event, Walk4Hearing, as the main way to increase awareness and raise funds. These walks take place in a good number of cities, so it’s easy to find one close to you. If you can’t do a walk, you can also donate online to HLAA to help finance their critical work.
Dogs for the Deaf
Dogs for the Deaf does good things on two fronts: they rescue dogs from shelters and they train them to be companion animals and hearing dogs for people with hearing loss or autism.
If you’re interested in participating, support Dogs for the Deaf by making a donation, sponsoring a specific dog, or buying items from the online store.