With so many charities available to choose from, picking one may feel like an overwhelming task. Selecting which charities to support financial is based on several factors including the cause itself, the reputation of the organization and the intended use of the funds. Here are a few hearing-health specific charities you may want to consider as part of your search.
- Hearing Loss Association of America – With 14 state organizations, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) leads the way in the U.S. as the largest national organization for sufferers of hearing loss. Its mission is to provide resources and support to individuals with hearing loss and their families while educating the public about hearing impairments. They also strive to promote public awareness and prevention at local, state, and national levels. Take your first steps to helping this organization by visiting their website at www.hearingloss.orgto sign up for one of the nation‚Äôs largest walks for hearing health, become an official member of the organization, or make a donation.
- Hearing Health Foundation – Since the 1950s, Hearing Health Foundation has been committed to serving people with hearing loss. This organization fosters research to treat and cure hearing loss and promotes the prevention of hearing conditions 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. You can make any cash donations or contribute gifts in the form of stock. 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. For the most up-to-date information of the Foundation’s activities and current needs visit their website at www.hearinghealthfoundation.org.
- Starkey Hearing Foundation – Starkey Hearing Foundation reaches an international audience with its 3 main services programs named Hear Now, Listen Carefully, and Hearing Aid Recycling. Listen Carefully is an educational program aimed at young people to educate them about the harm that loud noise and headphone use can cause. Hear Now provides financial assistance to U.S. residents in need of hearing aids. Anyone can donate new and used hearing aids to the Hearing Aid Recycling program, which gives them to people in need. Visit the Starkey Hearing Foundation website at www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org for more details about each individual program or to make a donation.