The Foundation is designed only for providing RESEARCH — not conservation or other help for the hearing impaired. Research grants are provided for researchers only in the state of Pennsylvania. 100% of the money contributed by the Lions of Pennsylvania is used for research — not for expenses!
The success of the Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Research Foundation needs the support of the entire Lions family.
Wouldn’t it be great if everybody could listen? Unfortunately, there are more Americans with a hearing impairment than there are with heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, venereal disease, TB, and blindness — combined! There are twice as many deaf people as there are blind people, and yet hearing impairment is America’s least recognized affliction. Dr. Robert Ruben of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York said, “When it comes to deafness, we are hideously backward.”
Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, said, “I have found deafness to be a much greater handicap than blindness. I have come to regard hearing as the key sense. Deafness is a much worst misfortune than blindness for it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of men.
Deafness, by fettering the power of utterance, cheats many of their birthwright of knowledge. A child born deaf cannot learn easily because he cannot hear anything to imitate. it is definitely harder for the deaf to grasp concrete facts, much less ponder on the abstract.”