Contact Your Members of Congress to Support World Hearing Day
Join your colleagues for a virtual advocacy day on March 3 to raise awareness in Congress of World Hearing Day! The Academy encourages you to contact your congressional representatives with a shared message of the importance of identifying and treating hearing loss and inner-ear disorders. The theme of this year’s World Hearing Day is, “Hear the Future”.
In mid-February, the Academy, in consort with other provider and consumer organizations, worked with Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), the co-chairs of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus, on the introduction of H. Res. 740, a resolution expressing support for the designation of March 3, 2018 as World Hearing Day. The Academy has already begun building on the attention generated from the introduction of this resolution. On February 22, a group of 17 students from The Ohio State University came to Washington, DC and spoke with their lawmakers about World Hearing Day and other important issues. Throughout March, student groups from the University of Texas-Dallas, the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium (NOAC), and Ohio University will also be in Washington, DC to make visits on Capitol Hill to raise awareness for World Hearing Day.
These student groups will meet with lawmakers to bring awareness to the fact that the number of people with hearing loss is on the rise and discuss interventions and treatment for hearing loss. They will also speak to the importance of hearing conservation. We urge you to stand with your fellow audiologists by visiting the Academy’s Legislative Action Center to participate in this virtual advocacy day and join the global movement to address hearing loss!