Aug. 27, 2020
St. Charles, MO 63303
SOUNDS OF ST. LOUIS Luncheon is not a fundraising event.
Complimentary lunch will be provided.
Sounds of St. Louis Campaign
Why is hearing important? This may seem like a ridiculous question for those who can hear normally, but imagine if your hearing was taken away. Imagine trying to go to school without being able to hear the teacher. Imagine crossing the street and not hearing cars and other people. Imagine your friends calling out to you but only being able to see their lips moving. Imagine not being able to hear your mother say, “I love you.” Hearing is a critical part of human language, social development and the ability to work. People who experience hearing loss or deafness can be thrown into loneliness, despair, depression and isolation. For employees who are otherwise healthy, loss of hearing causes a substantial economic toll in terms of their ability to find and maintain growing careers. According to Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) roughly twenty percent (20%) of Americans – 48 million – experience some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, one out of three people will be affected by hearing loss. Approximately two to three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. Almost fifteen percent (15%) of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss. Enter TPA Hearing Trust. There are many organizations that bring awareness to hearing loss, but the TPA Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired (TPA Hearing Trust) is unique. TPA, (Travelers Protective Association) is the only fraternal benefit society domiciled in the state of Missouri. The Hearing Trust was created by officers and members of TPA in 1975. Feeling called to make an impact nationally, TPA canvassed the United States to determine an area of great need. Hearing loss rose to the top as a critical issue facing many Americans that was not being addressed by other organizations. The Hearing Trust makes a difference by serving economically disadvantaged United States residents who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing educational, medical use, specialized treatment, or mechanical devices. Since the inception of the 501(c)(3) TPA Hearing Trust, we have assisted more than 5,800 individuals by awarding more than $2.4 million dollars in financial aid. The TPA Hearing Trust helps people seeking assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, and other areas of need that were directly related to deafness or hearing loss. Special consideration is given to individuals with the greatest need. “TPA’s drive to give children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing is the heart of who we are as an organization. Our generous members have banded together to ensure Americans have access to the services and equipment they need to hear,” said TPA’s Chief Administrative Officer Albert M. Shoemaker, Jr.