Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May is an exciting month as it marks Better Hearing and Speech Month! Established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), this awareness month promotes hearing healthcare education and resources. This year’s theme is Connecting People which focuses on increasing awareness about the range of hearing healthcare resources and services that are highly accessible. This is especially important because though hearing loss is pervasive, it is often undertreated. Over 48 million people experience hearing loss but only one third of people who could benefit from treatment, receive it. Knowing about the hearing healthcare services that exist to support hearing health encourages treatment which can transform one’s daily life. 

Recognizing Early Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss typically occurs gradually so it can remain unnoticed for quite some time. It can take awhile before people realize they are experiencing changes to their hearing health which contributes to a delay in treatment. It takes an average of 7 years for a person to address their hearing loss from the onset of symptoms. So being able to identify signs early on can encourage you to intervene. Common signs include: 

  • Sounds are slurred, muffled, or distorted. 
  • Finding yourself struggling to keep up with conversations, especially in settings with background noise (restaurants, parties). 
  • Experiencing tinnitus which is a buzzing or ringing like noise in one or both ears when no noise is present in the environment. 
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves, speak louder, or slower. 
  • Needing to move to a quieter space to hear more clearly. 
  • Increasing the volume on the TV, phone, or other electronic devices. 
  • Avoiding conversations, gatherings, and spending time with loved ones. 

These symptoms can be mild to more severe depending on the degree of hearing loss present. It can be tough to acknowledge changes to hearing health and people often go through denial or downplaying their symptoms. But this can actually worsen symptoms and hearing impairment. Confronting hearing loss and seeking treatment as early as possible can profoundly shift your hearing health and wellness. 

Connecting to Hearing Healthcare Services 

Fortunately, there is a wide range of services and resources that are available to support your hearing health. Accessing treatment is completely doable and simple. Services that can benefit you include: 

  • Hearing evaluation: the first step to address hearing loss is having your hearing assessed. Hearing tests are conducted by hearing healthcare specialists who thoroughly evaluate your hearing abilities in each ear.  This identifies hearing loss and the degree of impairment in both ears. Once hearing needs are established, your hearing healthcare provider is able to recommend tailored treatment options that meet your needs. 
  • Hearing aid services: hearing aids are the most common way hearing loss is treated. These electronic devices are equipped with the technology to absorb, amplify, and process sound. This alleviates symptoms and maximizes hearing capacity. Similar to most electronic devices today, hearing aids have experienced significant innovation. There are a wide range of options, styles, features etc. Your hearing healthcare provider will help you navigate your options and choose a device that is optimal for your hearing needs. They will also fit your hearing aid adn program the device with the settings needed to support your hearing. 
  • Tinnitus management: hearing healthcare providers also often provide tinnitus management services, tinnitus retraining therapy for example. These services are designed to alleviate tinnitus and the impact it can have on daily life. 

These services are among many that are offered to change the trajectory of hearing health. In addition to diagnosing and effectively treating impaired hearing; services provide hearing technologies, therapies, and resources that comprehensively support hearing health. We encourage you to take the first step which is having your hearing evaluated. 

Prioritize Your Hearing Health this May

Better Hearing and Speech Month is a great time to prioritize your hearing health. You can do this by contacting us to schedule an appointment for a hearing consultation. This first step involves getting to know you, your hearing health history, and fully assessing your hearing capacities. Our practice is committed to providing patient centered care and quality services that identify and treat your specific hearing needs. Contact us today to learn more, we look forward to meeting you!

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