It really is overwhelming to choose among the throngs of charities out there today. Just a few of the factors to consider are the cause itself, the trustworthiness of the organization, and how the resources are used. Here are a few hearing-health specific charities you may want to consider as part of your search.
- Hearing Health Foundation – Collette Baker Ramsey, a woman who suffered from hearing loss herself, created Hearing Health Foundation in the 1950s. The organization has two main areas of focus. One is research into new treatments and cures for hearing loss. The other is hearing loss prevention through public education. Currently, the foundation is researching a cure for tinnitus, which is ringing in your ears that often signals a loss of hearing. There are many ways to help out with this foundation. The foundation accepts one-time gifts and monthly donations, as well as other financial contributions. More hands-on ways to get involved include sharing your hearing loss experience in the form of a letter or video, participating in a fundraising event or even launching a new research grant. Learn more or join today on their official website at www.hearinghealthfoundation.org.
- Hearing Loss Association of America – The largest organization dedicated to helping people with hearing loss is the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). HLAA provides education, resources, and support to people with hearing loss and to their families. They also strive to promote public awareness and prevention at local, state, and national levels. You can begin by signing up for their newsletter, becoming a member of the organization, or registering for one of their bi-annual fundraiser walks called Walk4Hearing. Donations are also accepted online at www.hearingloss.org.
- Starkey Hearing Foundation – Starkey Hearing Foundation is a national and international organization that offers three programs for hearing needs: Hear Now, Listen Carefully, and Hearing Aid Recycling. The Hearing Aid Recycling does exactly what the name implies. It accepts donations of used hearing aids and refurbishes them for people who cannot afford a new one. Listen Carefully is an educational program aimed at young people to educate them about the harm that loud noise and headphone use can cause. The Hear Now program focuses on providing hearing aids to those who cannot afford them on their own. To get contact details for each organization or to give a monetary gift, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.