Approximately 16.1% of the population in Sarasota and Manatee counties has hearing loss. While senior citizens are affected the most, recent national studies show that hearing loss among teens and college students is on the increase. Only 20% of hearing impaired individuals who need treatment and support actually get it.
The goal of the Ear Research Foundation’s Help Us Hear Campaign is to:
- Educate the public on the incidence and impact of hearing loss on the individual, the family, and society.
- Educate the public on the prevention of and then treatment options for hearing loss. Because with today’s advanced technologies and the numerous options for help, living with deafness is a personal choice and not a must anymore.
- Provide financially eligible candidates with hearing aids, surgical reconstructions, or implants, because the gift of hearing should be made available to all, not only to those who can afford it.
Proceeds from our upcoming Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on May 7 at Michael’s On East will be supporting the Help Us Hear Program. We hope that you can join us at our event or will consider making a donation to help provide the gift of hearing. We thank you, and the hearing impaired community thanks you.
Please go to our website, EarRF.org to register for the Kentucky Derby event or to make a donation to the Help Us Hear program. Call 941-365-0367 for more information.