May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association declares May to be Better Hearing and Speech Month, which focuses on helping people communicate. This month provides the opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and promotes treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing.

Hearing loss, language disorders, or voice problems can affect a person’s ability to learn and interact with others. It is estimated that 28 million Americans have hearing loss. People with developmental disability experience a much higher prevalence of hearing and visual impairments, and eye and ear disorders. However, hearing loss is usually treatable and preventable which is why it is so critical to take steps to promote healthy hearing practices.

Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent hearing loss:

  • Use noise blocking headphones in extremely activities or places
  • People who are ages 45 or over should have an annual hearing check-up
  • Avoid playing loud music when wearing headphones

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Although May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, You can help raise awareness every day!