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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Posted by Christina Jedra  May 9, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Loleata Wigall:

Every day, week and month have some special designation.  On April 22, I was at a physician’s office.  A florist made several trips into the office delivering flowers to the staff.  I was perplexed.  I searched my iPhone for an answer.  Ah, there is was – National Jelly Bean Day!  No, that wasn’t it.  I found out from my colleagues that it was administrative assistants’ day also! 

I have been an audiologist since the mid-seventies and we have celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month for as long as I can remember.  But, when I searched the web for this, it was not to be found unless I specifically searched for “Better Hearing and Speech Month”. I searched for special days and months.  Wikipedia did not have it listed.  

Clearly, our professional organizations need to do a better job in getting the word out to the general public.  But, individual audiologists and speech pathologists cannot rely solely on National organizations to raise the awareness of our profession and the services we provide.
 
Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss and speech difficulties.  Sadly, the number of people suffering from hearing loss is on the rise.  It now is estimated that 28-38 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.  Hearing aids are underutilized.  Only one person out of five who have a hearing loss actually wears hearing aids.  Hearing aids do not give normal hearing.  Hearing aids are high tech and can help hearing and understanding in difficult listening situations.  

The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) is the sponsor of this special designation.  During this month, ASHA tries to encourage the public to see an audiologist or speech pathologist if they are aware of a hearing or speech problem.  For more information you can go to http://www.asha.org.  

Special days, weeks and months make the general public aware of serious health problems, fun days, and gives recognition to worthwhile causes.  Hopefully, it motivates people to seek the help they need to solve a problem.  As an audiologist, I hope you schedule a hearing test with a local audiologist.  

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