This Chicago-based foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life through better hearing. Through educational seminars, counseling and research in the Chicago area, the foundation raises public awareness about hearing disorders. Its programs urge people to protect their hearing, and the consequences of untreated hearing loss. The foundation also provides highgrade, sophisticated ear plugs to protect the hearing of local soldiers going to war.
Over Seventy-two percent of soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from noise induced hearing loss—it’s now the number 1 disability among returning troops. Almost 300,000 of those soldiers are now on disability due to damaged hearing and tinnitus. The ear plugs currently provided are foam ear plugs and are inadequate to protect the inner ear from these extremely loud explosions. We created a program for local soldiers going to war. In 2009, the Governor of Illinois presented us with the Home Town Hero Award for providing these ear plugs, which actually respond to thermal energy and clamp shut to protect the inner ear.
You can get involved with the foundation by giving your time— you can assist with mailings by filling out and stuffing envelopes, and help plan and organize fundraising events and educational seminars, including securing locations, coordinating the publicity and organizing logistics.
The foundation welcomes donations of used hearing aids, hearing accessories and batteries. Financial contributions will be used to help defray the costs of mailings, educational seminars, hearing testing and services for indigent, hightech custom-molded ear plugs for local soldiers who are being deployed.
In 2012, the foundation’s goals are to reach and educate at least 1,000 people in Chicago and the suburbs about how to protect their hearing and the benefits of treatment of hearing loss. The foundation would also like to reach more physicians to include simple and preliminary hearing tests as part of their patients’ examinations.
If you can donate $25, $250, or $1,000, your money will go toward creating seminars, educational materials and purchasing high-tech, custommolded earplugs for local soldiers being deployed overseas.