Happy Hearing Loss Awareness Month: ALDA, community, and allyship

by Grace Avila

Happy Hearing Loss Awareness Month! This month, I’m going to reflect on the past couple of years that I’ve been HoH and celebrate my journey and how far I’ve come. To those who are also HoH and late-deafened, I hope that you join me this month and celebrate your own story.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), “one in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.” 13 percent of the United States’ population has hearing loss. If you happen to be one of those people, you might agree that learning how to live with hearing loss can be tricky, especially when the world seems to be against you and ableism is everywhere you turn.