The 8th Annual Walk4Hearing will be held on Saturday, May 14. The event is free, open to the public, and held rain or shine, at Chattanooga State Community College and adjoining Riverwalk. The accessible event will be captioned and interpreted.
Registration and activities open at 9 a.m. There will be free pre-walk refreshments prepared by ladies in the Alpha Beta Chapter of ESA. Vendors who will have free giveaways and information about their products and services. Vendors include Advanced Bionics, All Access Captions, Beltone South, CapTel Captioned Phones, Cochlear Corporation, Hamilton CapTel, Chattanooga HLAA, MedEl, Signal Centers, Speech & Hearing Center, TN Relay and Zounds.
Recognition of sponsors and teams will start at 10 a.m. The top walker who raises the most money online by 6 p.m. on May 13 has a chance to win a free pair of Beltone Promise digital hearing aids valued at $5,990. Jennifer Carson, marketing director of Beltone South will announce the winner at the Walk4Hearing. Additional prizes include two $50 gift certificates donated by CBL & Associates, and five pairs of general admission tickets to the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Kids will enjoy the bounce house, a balloon twister and two face painters this year. A photo booth will be set up next to the registration area for team photos, including Looie the Lookoot.
More than 48,000 people in the greater Chattanooga area have some degree of hearing loss. Locally, the money raised through Walk4Hearing helps to provide programs, services or equipment to people with hearing loss, including college scholarships, camp fee assistance for children and adults with hearing loss, captioning of live theatre, meetings and events, registration fee assistance to national HLAA conventions, equipment to veterans with hearing loss, and looping initiatives.