With so many charitable organizations available to choose from, selecting one can 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 – The largest organization dedicated to helping people with hearing loss is the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). The Association works to provide access, support, and assistance to those with hearing loss and their families. HLAA also strives to help the public through legislation and awareness. Visit the HLAA website at www.hearingloss.org to become a member or for information about upcoming charity walks in your area.
- Hearing Health Foundation – Hearing Health Foundation was founded in the 1950s by Collette Baker Ramsey to help serve 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. You can write and share a personal experience with hearing loss, assist in fundraising, and even name a 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 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. The Listen Carefully program provides education to school age children on the dangers of listening to high-decibel music. 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.