Help America Hear's mission is to enhance the quality of life for men, women and children with hearing impairments.”
Help America Hear, Inc. was incorporated in 2004 to help raise awareness and provide financial assistance to those with visual and/or auditory impairments, their families, and their significant others, primarily by raising funds and providing donations to other charities and organizations that conducted research and/or provided assistance to such individuals. Recently, HAH has begun to help those individuals with auditory impairments more directly by providing hearing aids and introducing the Help America Hear scholarship to help fund the educational opportunities of those with auditory impairments.
At the beginning of 2019, the organization changed its name from Foundation for Sight and Sound to Help America Hear, Inc., and focused the scope of its corporate mission on the provision of hearing aids and the Help America Hear scholarship.
Help America Hear maintains its commitment to raising public awareness related to hearing loss and its prevention.
It’s hard to imagine a world without hearing, yet it can happen to anyone at any time due to traumatic or genetic circumstances. It is life altering and does not discriminate.
I know firsthand, as I live life with Usher Syndrome, the leading cause of deaf-blindness. I have worn hearing aids for 50 years and now have two cochlear implants. My vision loss is at a point where I do not see objects, colors and cannot read. From conversations with many individuals across the country, many people simply give up on living life to the best of their abilities. I was unable to imagine the impact of its absence…the countless ways in which the hearing loss was able to change my independence and enjoyment of life.
Being blind and deaf is not life threatening – it certainly is, however, life altering. As the population ages, more and more people may soon be forced to live without one or more senses.
One of the most important things I have learned through my personal experience is that there is only one way to move – forward … “One step at a time.”
This is the approach we follow at Help America Hear. We know we cannot cure the many causes of medical adversities, nor are we capable of removing all obstacles. What we are capable of doing is providing men, women & children the ability to hear.
Our signature program Help America Hear, provides the tools necessary for inclusion, rather than isolation in society, opening the doors to those who have been shut-out for far too long.
In many ways, I have been incredibly fortunate. Through my work with our previous Foundation For Sight & Sound, and now Help America Hear, Inc., I have been given the opportunity to work with some incredibly dedicated & awesome people. We have formed an organization that envisions a world without limitations and, I am immensely proud of what has been accomplished so far – but our journey has just begun!
Please join us in our mission. Let’s take the next step forward, together.
Founder Help America Hear,
formerly – Foundation For Sight & Sound
Julia Louis-Dreyfus once said, “If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you’re active in your community, there’s nothing more empowering. The best way to make a difference in the world is to start by making a difference in your own life.”
Sight and Sound: Our two most precious senses.
They color our world with majestic landscapes and children’s laughter, along with connecting us to the world and the people around us.
Millions of Americans are legally blind and/or profoundly deaf and live in a world devoid of these pleasures. This is just part of the story, for visual and hearing loss are often partial, degenerative or intermittent, leaving millions with a diminishment of senses that impair their everyday functioning.
These conditions touch the lives of nearly all of us by association with a parent, a child, a loved one, a friend…
While the FSS stands for enhancing the quality of life for people facing vision and hearing impairments- regardless of their origin, it is important to note some of the main diseases and conditions that cause the loss of SIGHT & SOUND.
The Foundation for Sight & Sound is committed to helping the millions of Americans facing these, and many other conditions, such as:
Leading Causes of Hearing Loss:
Auto Immune Disorder
Hereditary Genetic Disorders
Leading Visual Conditions:
Leading Causes of Deaf/Blindness: