child whispering to her grandma showing the value of communication for May is better hearing and speech month

May is Better Hearing Month

In 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designated May as Better Hearing and Speech Month. Their goal at the time was to raise awareness about speech and hearing challenges and — more importantly — encourage people to take action and treat their own hearing and speech problems. 

That mission is just as important today as it was then. Maybe more so. One reason why? The past few years have taught us how important communication and connectivity are and that we can now see we should never take either for granted again. 

Moreover, our understanding of hearing loss has advanced significantly since 1927. We now recognize the profound impact of untreated hearing loss on both physical and mental well-being, including diminished cognitive function, increased hospitalizations, depression, falls, social isolation, and dementia risk.

We’ve come to appreciate the priceless value of family and social connections, the enjoyment of music and nature, and the importance of full participation in activities and conversations.

People who address their hearing loss overwhelmingly say they are happy with their decision to do so, emphasizing the positive impact on their lives.

Furthermore, today’s hearing technology far surpasses that of years past, with modern hearing aids offering seamless hearing and enhanced connectivity.

Hear better, live better starting this month 

Although it shouldn’t require a special month to get us to pay attention to the importance of hearing health, the fact that there is a dedicated month — it has been every May for nearly a century — should be a reminder enough that we need to take our hearing seriously. 

If hearing loss has prevented you from enjoying life as much as possible and you’re looking for the right time to do something about it, Better Hearing Month is the perfect time!

Find out what sounds you may be missing! Schedule an appointment today for a free hearing consultation. 864-232-3999.

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