Important Facts about Hearing Loss

The Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing

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Funds raised through the Walk4Hearing have supported these local groups and activities:

  • CART captioning services for all HLAA Westchester  Chapter meetings
  • ​A loop system that feeds sound directly to your hearing device at chapter meetings
  • ​The Blair and Anita Mazin Scholarship Fund that provides college scholarships for deserving students with hearing loss
  • ​A safety first support class for people with hearing loss, including free equipment to alert you in case of a fire
  • A subsidized driver safety class that can save you money on your auto insurance premiums
  • ​​Hospital and auto visor kits, so deaf and hard of hearing people can communicate with police, medical and emergency workers
  • ​Cochlear Implant support groups
  • ​Tuition subsidies for audiology students
  • ​New York School for the Deaf, a nearly 200 year old school that provides full-time educational instruction for youngsters from elementary through high school
  • ​At the national level, HLAA has fought for and won
    • Testing of infants at birth for hearing loss
    • ​More generous insurance reimbursement for hearing aids and cochlear implants
    • ​Hearing aid compatibility for cell phones
    • ​Assistance and college placement for returning U.S. soldiers who lost their hearing in battle
    • ​Captioning of videos, movies, and other electronic devices

Why Do We Walk?

  • ​About 20 percent of adults in the United States, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.

  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.

  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.

  • While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.

  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf

  • Estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss.

Most deaf or hard of hearing people do not receive the help they need in terms of equipment, services, and financial or emotional support. For example, studies show that 80% of hearing impaired people who could benefit from hearing aids do not receive them due to lack of funds, lack of information or other factors.  Others live in social isolation, underemployment or unemployment, or face other major obstacles because of hearing loss and related communication difficulties. 

What is the Walk4Hearing....And How does it Benefit you?

Don't Let your hearing loss

shut you out!

We are one of a series of national walks that, to date, has raised awareness and more than $6 million for important programs and services benefiting the hearing impaired. May is National Hearing Month, and our walk has been officially recognized as “Walk for Hearing Day.”  Thanks to the support of National sponsors, local sponsors, walkers and volunteers, walkers and others, we are able to help fund a variety of important local, state and national services. Hundreds of walkers from throughout the metropolitan area will join us and, for the first time, we have formally added Rockland County to the local Walk4Hearing. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, Click button below to download the form:


To volunteer, contribute, or just find out more about the Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing, please contact Ronnie Adler at

Thank you.... we look forward to seeing you there!

Ronnie Adler, Walk4Hearing Chair

Where the Support Goes