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October 9, 2013

Celebratory walk aims to raise awareness of hearing health

PORT ARTHUR — The Port Arthur (Noon) Sertoma Club invites everyone to “CELEBRATE SOUND Don’t Walk in Silence” at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Port Neches Waterfront Park.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but for 50 million Americans, hearing loss is a significant health issue. From newborn babies to senior citizens, hearing loss can impede learning, lead to social isolation, and even be life threatening. That’s why Sertoma, one of America’s first service clubs, along with Hearing Charities of America, is sponsoring this walk to raise awareness and funds for hearing health. “With CELEBRATE SOUND Don’t Walk in Silence, we want to raise public awareness of hearing health issues. The number of people affected, the age ranges affected and the health implications are much broader than the general public might suspect,” said Dr. Kelly McConnell Hanlon a local audiologist and Sertoma Club Board Member. “But there are things that can be done. For instance, just through better education we can help prevent noise-induced hearing loss, erase public stigma about hearing loss, and make public spaces more accessible to those who use assistive devices.”

This year’s 5K walk/fun run begins and ends at Port Neches Waterfront Park. Registration is $20 and includes a free T-shirt and entry for fun door prizes. Participants will check in at 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. before the walk officially begins at 8 a.m.  Those who want to join the celebration as a walker, runner, sponsor or volunteer can call (409) 727-4327 or visit /portarthur to register and learn more about this event.

Money raised by Port Arthur Noon Sertoma Club at this event will be used to fund both local and national hearing health projects. These include grants to local hearing health providers; college scholarships for hard of hearing and deaf students; scholarships for those pursuing graduate studies in speech-language pathology or audiology; awareness programs to prevent noise-induced hearing loss; programs to promote better public accessibility for people using assistive hearing devices, and purchase hearing aids.


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