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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is a group of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, hearing scientists, and students who seek to make effective communication a human right in the United States.

Every May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) dedicates itself to raising awareness of communication disorders and the importance of hearing healthcare professionals. The subject for this year's Better Speech and Hearing Month is "Connecting People.

The necessity of ear protection, appropriate hearing health, the implications of hearing loss, education about the latest technologies available to treat hearing loss, and the importance of treating a hearing loss as soon as possible are all covered in this all-encompassing topic.

 

Commit to good hearing!

We encourage you to commit to your hearing health during Better Hearing & Speech Month. This commitment can take many forms, such as protecting your hearing when exposed to loud noises, listening to music at a safe volume when using headphones, getting your hearing examined regularly, and seeking expert help as soon as you detect a hearing problem.

 

The importance of getting help

When you have an untreated hearing loss, you are not the only one affected. When you have to repeat yourself repeatedly, your loved ones, friends, and coworkers may become dissatisfied with you, putting a strain on your relationships.

These strains frequently result in social isolation and despair. In numerous studies, hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk of mental diseases such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and dementia.

 

The benefits of treatment for your relationships

Hearing loss affects more than 48 million people in the United States, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Unfortunately, just one out of every four persons who could benefit from hearing aids does so. That means 75% of people with hearing loss are jeopardizing their relationships.

Hearing aids, for example, can improve not only quality of life but also relationship satisfaction, communication, and social functioning. People who use hearing aids realize that they can engage in life again, whether having intimate talks with their lovers or socializing.

 

Retain your earning potential

Hearing aids can improve your relationships, but they can also have a significant impact on your earning potential at work. According to a 2010 research, the United States employed 16 million people with hearing loss. In almost every case, these workers were paid less and were more likely to be laid off, while those who were unemployed were more likely to stay unemployed than their peers with normal hearing.

With hundreds of millions of individuals who have untreated hearing loss, the potential loss is immense and costly. Even if you have severe or profound hearing loss, there are few jobs you won't be able to undertake once you've been fitted with hearing aids.

 

Benefit from the latest technology

Hearing aids, fortunately, are getting more advanced than ever before, allowing you to improve your quality of life with ease! Hearing aids are becoming more automatic and feature-rich as technology advances, allowing you to converse in challenging listening settings.

A hearing aid with modern technology, for example, may have eight or more channels to separate sound for processing instead of two. This divides the signal into increasingly smaller frequency bands, allowing for improved signal processing resolution.

Multiple channels to analyze sound, directional microphones, digital noise reduction, feedback management systems to limit unwanted sound, and Telecoil functionality to connect the user to compatible telephones with ease are all features found in newer hearing aids.

 

Treating Hearing Loss

When you consider the dangers of not treating your hearing loss and the advantages of using hearing aid technology to help you, not treating your hearing loss may seem like a no-brainer.

Don't wait any longer if you feel you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss. Take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate enhanced speech and hearing in May. Hearing exams are quick and painless, and they can help you regain your health and improve your relationships! To schedule a hearing exam, please contact us today!