Fri, 01 Nov 2013 06:34:21 EST
Syracuse, NY (October 31, 2013) - On Wednesday October 30th, The HearStrong Foundation honored Bishop Ludden boys' basketball coach John Hayes as a HearStrong Champion at a ceremony at Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse.
Joining the foundation in honoring Hayes, 50, was Stephanie Miner, current mayor of Syracuse and a close friend of his.
Hayes first noticed his hearing loss when he was 33. “It may be a side effect of childhood cancer, as I had a brain tumor in 1972 at age 10 and had chemotherapy or radiation treatments,” he said.
“(With my hearing devices) I am now capable of doing my job better, as I am able to hear my coworkers rather than just guess what they are saying,” said Hayes. “I (have) also (coached) high school boys basketball at my alma mater for 28 years. With the hearing devices, I am able to better hear my players, the referees and the parents/fans. This improves my enjoyment of the game and practice situations.”
As the cornerstone of the foundation, HearStrong Champions are the men, women and children who refuse to let hearing loss prevent them from achieving their goals and inspire others to live their lives to the fullest.
“By celebrating HearStrong Champions like John, we hope to shatter the social stigmas surrounding hearing loss and help spread hearing loss awareness,” said Ed Keller, founder of The HearStrong Foundation.
Roughly 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss - and that number is on the rise. Recent studies have shown that one in five teenagers has hearing loss, as well as 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, due to lack of education and negative connotations, many people choose to suffer in silence.
With the help of its champions, The HearStrong Foundation is working to end that once and for all.
The HearStrong Foundation strives to recognize the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss and live their lives to the fullest. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, the foundation is a world-wide advocate for hearing loss awareness, education and support. For more information about the foundation, or to nominate a HearStrong Champion, please contact:
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