Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:44:07 EST
The HearStrong Foundation formally recognizes Dr. Stephanie Long, Colleen Van Rooy, and Chris Prust for their efforts to promote hearing loss awareness and education in their communities and beyond.
On November 5, 2016, the HearStrong Foundation held a ceremony at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, during the 2016 Hearing Loop and Accessibility Expo. There, the Foundation honored three Wisconsin locals who have become driving forces behind the hearing loss awareness movement.
Over 38 million Americans live with untreated hearing loss due to harmful stigmas and lack of awareness about hearing health and hearing technology. To inspire these individuals to seek the assistance they need, the HearStrong Foundation has celebrated the unique accomplishments of those with hearing loss and recognized them as Champions. HearStrong Ambassadors aid in this mission by nominating Champions, interacting with the public at events, and using their platforms to further propel the hearing loss awareness movement.
Dr. Stephanie Long and Colleen Van Rooy are two of these Ambassadors. Through her position as an Audiologist, Stephanie has been helping others hear better for more than 20 years. Colleen was HearStrong’s first Champion, and due to her incredible efforts to help others with hearing loss, she was also named as an Ambassador at the ceremony at MATC.
Chris Prust, a retired social worker and Hearing Loss Association of America member, was honored as a HearStrong Champion. Chris was born with hearing loss, but she did not get hearing aids until she was 36 years old. She uses her experience to encourage others to take advantage of the available resources and get help with their hearing as soon as possible.
"Do not wait," Chris tells those with untreated hearing loss. "Seek assistance immediately and start enjoying life on a different level. I encourage people to embrace their hearing loss and utilize whatever devices improve their hearing and participation in life."
With remarkable advocates like Chris, Stephanie, and Colleen, the HearStrong Foundation can continue to break down barriers and increase hearing loss awareness
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