Family Picnics

Host community picnics to educate families about hearing loss and rehabilitation options.

Idea at a glance

People often rush to the Internet to find information about hearing loss. There is a lot of good information available, but it is often difficult to find information directly applicable to your specific situation. 

What if there was another way for people to learn more about hearing loss and different treatment options?

Host family picnics in your community that bring together individuals, their family, and hearing care professionals. The picnics can educate people about hearing loss, hearing technology and possible rehabilitation strategies. To help sponsor the picnics, you could reach out to local hearing clinics, hearing aid manufactures, or local audiology schools. 


Melissa Tumblin's daughter was diagnosed with Microtia (underdevelopment of the external ear) and Atresia (absence of an ear canal). Melissa felt she did not receive adequate information about what to do, why this occurred, or possible treatment options. She realized that other parents or families may not be informed about hearing loss and treatment options.

She decided to take action. She has worked with hearing aid manufacturers and medical professionals to arrange summer picnics across the U.S. and Canada. At the picnics, people can freely ask questions about hearing loss and meet other families who may be dealing with similar issues. She also manages a global support group on Facebook and a website that promotes public awareness and self-advocacy.

Potential impact

Arranging hearing awareness picnics is a great way to give back to your local community and encourage others to advocate on their behalf.

You can educate families about hearing loss in a fun, stress-free environment where children could play and families could get to know each other.