The Walk4Hearing

Follow all of the updates about this year’s New England Walk on the our Facebook page.

Walk - beautiful child Walk - team pink

Walk - Happy Couple
About the HLAA Walk4Hearing
HLAA’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?
We 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.






The Walk4Hearing is Issuing a





is the theme for the  HLAA Walk4Hearing – not just for our walkers, but for all 48 million people with hearing loss, their families and loved ones to step up and advocate for better communication access for themselves. 
We are challenging you to take some simple steps in your everyday lives that will help you gain greater access to communication!
There are many ways people with hearing loss can improve their access to communication. You just need to know how and what to ask for. We have prepared a list of suggestions to help get you get started. We have also developedCommunication Tips Card that you can share with your family, friends, and co-workers to help others understand how to better communicate with you.
Taking a few simple steps can go a long way toward creating awareness, reducing the stigma of hearing loss, and ultimately improving your quality of life.
We want to SEE you in action! Post a photo of yourself taking action on Facebook or Twitter @Walk4Hearing using #CommAccess.
Don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account but still want to share your photo, ideas and success stories? No worries, send them to with “Call to Action” in the subject line.
Step Up for People with Hearing Loss and Communication Access! TODAY!

How Are the Walk Funds Used?
Since 2006, over 35,000 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 Loss 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 23 HLAA annual walk fundraisers to raise hearing loss awareness as well as funding for national and local programs for people affected by hearing loss.  
Our 2016 New England Walk4Hearing will take place on Sunday, October 30 at Artesani Park on the Brighton Cambridge line. 
 If you think you’d like to join us, we invite you to  go to our contact us page and send us an inquiry.  You can also:
  • register to walk as an individual, to start a team or join a team at a Walk site near you by clicking here.
  • donate to someone who is walking.  Just click here!
  • Recruit local sponsors.
  • Team up as an Alliance group.
  • 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.   

Leave a Reply