Community Engagement

Jacob’s Ride for Hearing

The mission of Jacob’s Ride for Hearing is to provide financial support to patients who need cochlear implants. Jacob’s Ride has provided financial assistance to over one dozen cochlear implant recipients in the past five years. Currently, the organization implants eight individuals annually with a budget of only $70,000.

NC Hearing Loss Association

The NC Hearing Loss Association (HLA-NC) is a state association of Hearing Loss Association of America. The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support, and advocacy.

HLAA Walk 4 Hearing

The HLAA Walk 4 Hearing is a national program that reaches out to more than 48 million people with hearing loss, their families, friends, and hearing health professionals to educate and raise awareness about hearing loss, good hearing health, and communication access. The Walk4Hearing has welcomed over 105,000 walkers and 9,200 teams since 2006.

Duke Voice Day

World Voice Day (WVD) is an international day of celebration of the human voice. Singers, actors, teachers, and preachers need healthy voices to do their jobs, but everyone needs their voice to connect to the world. The Duke Voice Care Center has led North Carolina's observation of WVD since 2007. Each year at WVD, the vocal health experts of the Duke Voice Care Center help people learn about how the voice works, how people can keep their voices healthy and strong, and what to do if they have a voice problem.


Duke HEARS (honor, educate, advocate, relate, support) is a resource for children with hearing loss and their families. This event supports the Hearing Loss Association of America and raises money for national and local programs that provide services to people with hearing loss. The initiative has gained momentum over the years, particularly in Durham’s Hispanic community. Through events like Duke HEARS: Transitions, which focuses on the important shift from early intervention and preschool to elementary school, and Foundations of Language/ Literacy, the program is working to enrich the entire lives of children with hearing loss.