You want to help people struggling with hearing loss, but the selection of charities is overwhelming. You should consider where your money is going, how it is being used, and if the organization is trustworthy. 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. This organization fosters research to treat and cure hearing loss and promotes the prevention of hearing conditions through public education. One of the current endeavors of the foundation is providing research meant to cure (constant ringing in the ears). There are many ways to help out with this foundation. Money is always the easiest donation for a charity to accept. This can be in the form of a one-time donation, monthly donations or gift of stock. You can write and share a personal experience with hearing loss, assist in fundraising, and even name a research grant. Learn more or join today on their official website at www.hearinghealthfoundation.org.
- 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. 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 Listen Carefully Program is provides education to youth in schools about the dangers of loud music and headphone use. The Hear Now program focuses on providing hearing aids to those who cannot afford them on their own. Anyone can donate new and used hearing aids to the Hearing Aid Recycling program, which gives them to people in need. For the most up-to-date information of the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s activities and current needs visit their website at www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.