All of us at Longmont Hearing and Tinnitus Center believe that better hearing can lead to better living—you could say it’s a mantra of ours. Unfortunately, hearing loss is an issue millions of people around the world face daily. For many in the United States, untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation, depression, and lower earning potential. And in many other countries, it’s even worse. Over the years, we’ve learned that hearing loss frequently leads to ostracization, little or no education, and at times even physical abuse. It’s devastating. Which is why we’re dedicated to doing everything within our power to diagnose and treat hearing loss. As you can imagine, not all are fortunate enough to have access to hearing health care. In fact, over 466 million people in the world face this situation – and 34 million of them are children.
Even here in Colorado, many communities lack access to hearing health care. And in response to that, many of them end up isolating themselves when they can no longer keep up with the conversation. They choose to stay in, versus going out with their friends, or they stop frequenting the clubs they once enjoyed. Over the years, we’ve heard countless stories from patients that have stopped their most cherished activities due to their hearing loss. One woman told us about her decision to stop her favorite pastime—hiking. While on the trail, she’d have a hard time hearing others trying to communicate with her. And oftentimes, faster hikers became annoyed with her, and sometimes even resorted to making mean remarks when she did not step aside when asked. The real shame being their assumption that she’s rude and careless, as opposed to it being that she had simply not heard the request to pass in the first place. It’s a common story, and one we hear all too often.
As you can imagine, we don’t like hearing these stories, and we want to be part of the solution! That’s why Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center and Dr. Rudden have partnered with Hearing the Call to serve people within our own communities. Hearing the Call is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing hope and healing to the hearing-impaired globally and locally. We’re excited about our first local event on October 3rd—in just a few days! While this month’s event is all booked up—it’s by appointment only—fear not, we have another one coming up in December that will be hosted in Arvada. Be sure to check back with us for details on when to sign up for the next event!
Hearing the Call employs a Hand Up — Not a Handout approach. What does that mean? Simply put, every beneficiary of the program must donate 10 hours of volunteer time to organizations within their community. That’s the beauty of the program: those with hearing loss get the help they need and in turn, provide help and support to others, too.
Whether you suffer from hearing loss or not, you can participate by donating to the cause! Your tax-deductible donations help to provide equipment, state-of-the-art hearing devices, supplies, services, and support for training and education to those in your own community that qualify. Every penny helps, and your donation goes towards creating a world where everyone can live their best, most fulfilled life. Visit www.HearingTheCall.org/Colorado to donate today!
Of course, if you have noticed anything different with your hearing and you want us to take a look, you know where to find us, give us a call to schedule an appointment today—we’re here to help.