As your local Heroes of Hearing, we like to take the time to highlight those people and organizations who are making a difference for those who are living with hearing loss. For this month, our featured hearing heroes are the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell).
Long History Of Supporting The Deaf and Hard of Hearing
One of the first remarkable things people notice with the AG Bell organization is their long history of providing support for the deaf and hard of hearing. Established in 1887 as the Volta Bureau by Alexander Bell—inventor of many hearing technologies such as the phonograph and the telephone—“for the increase and diffusion of knowledge relating to the deaf,” Bell merged with the American Association for the Promotion and Teaching of Speech to the Deaf in 1908. It wasn’t until 1999 that AG Bell was finally named the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Beyond the evolving name changes of the organization, AG Bell has done much to support those in the deaf and hard of hearing community, championing their rights to education and independent living, as well as providing scholarships and financial aid. They also promote hearing technology to help overcome hearing loss when applicable.
Mission Of AG Bell Today
The various activities of AG Bell are done in support of their overarching mission, which is to provide deaf and hard of hearing people around the world with a way to hear and talk, connecting them to the rest of the world. For this reason, they provide support and education for all levels of communities, from families to policy-makers.
How You Can Support The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
If you are interested in supporting AG Bell and their mission, you can donate through their website or become a member of the AG Bell Arizona chapter. As AG Bell is a 501(c)3 charity, your donation to them can be deducted from your taxes.
However, if you want to specifically support your local community of Tucson, AZ, we here at Heroes of Hearing have set up an ongoing GoFundMe called Ears for Tucson to assist those in our community receive the hearing services they need but cannot afford.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be struggling with hearing loss, you can contact us and set up an in-depth hearing evaluation. With our evaluation, our hearing specialist can pinpoint the hearing loss type and to what degree it is affecting your hearing, then offer you the best hearing solutions for your hearing needs and lifestyle.