May 5, 2022
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and aims to raise awareness about hearing and speech problems as well as how people may take action to address those communication problems to improve their quality of life.
Just like you would do an annual health check with your doctor, optometrist, or dentist, you should check your hearing health every year too.
Common Signs of Hearing Loss Include:
Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
Turning an ear in the direction of sound in order to hear it better.
Understanding conversation better when you look directly at the person. Seeing their facial expression and lips movements can help a someone understand another better is there is a hearing problem.
Being unable to hear all parts of a group conversation.
Experiencing pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
Listening to the TV or radio at volume levels higher than other people normally listen to.
The first step to taking care of your hearing health is checking to see your current hearing health.
Here's a quick hearing quiz from the National Institution of Health and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).