May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

“Helping people communicate” will be the theme of this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month in the United States. “Communication disorders decrease quality of life, across all ethnic and socioeconomic lines, and impose a significant social and economic burden upon individuals, their families, and the communities in which they live,” says James F. Battey, Jr, Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD). “Millions of Americans experience a communication disorder at some point in their life, and they can be particularly challenging for young children and older adults.”

Sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1927, this annual observance provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. Communication disorders include, for example, hearing loss, tinnitus (a sensation of a ringing, roaring, or buzzing sound in the ears or head), and stuttering.


Rose Simpson