You would like to help people struggling with hearing loss, but the selection of charitable organizations is overwhelming. 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. Look for a large, well-known hearing health charity organization that is right for you, and join knowing you are helping a good cause.
Starkey Hearing Foundation – As a huge national and global foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation provides hearing health services in three ways: Hear Now, Listen Carefully, and Hearing Aid Recycling. The Listen Carefully Program is provides education to youth in schools about the dangers of loud music and headphone use. 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. Hear Now provides financial assistance to U.S. residents in need of hearing aids. Visit the Starkey Hearing Foundation website at www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org for more details about each individual program or to make a donation.
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. The Association works to provide access, support, and assistance to those with hearing loss and their families. HLAA does work on a local, state and national level and part of its mission is to influence legislation that impacts the hearing impaired. 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.
Hearing Health Foundation – Since the 1950s, Hearing Health Foundation has been committed to serving people with hearing loss. They provide research to treat and cure hearing loss and promote hearing health through prevention education for the public. One of the current endeavors of the foundation is providing research meant to cure tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears). The Hearing Health Foundation makes it easy for supporters to get involved. The foundation accepts one-time gifts and monthly donations, as well as other financial contributions. If you prefer to be involved in a more hands-on way, you can share with them your personal experience with hearing loss or tinnitus, participate in fundraisers, or offer to name one of their research grants. Visit their website at www.hearinghealthfoundation.org for more information, news and updates.