Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Robert Weissman, Au.D., B.C.A., CCC-AUncategorized

Robert Weissman, Au.D., B.C.A., CCC-A

Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) is observed by audiologists and hearing care providers around the country during May. This month, we help raise awareness and educate the public about hearing loss and avoid it.

BHSM raises awareness of hearing loss’s signs and symptoms. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) has a wealth of information on BSHM for the general public. It’s essential to raise awareness for those in our communities who live with compromised hearing. Early detection or even avoidance will result in a better quality of life for our communities due to increased awareness.

This year’s theme is “Building Connections.”  As we move towards the end of this pandemic, we need to prepare to reconnect with those we love so that we may enjoy in-person gatherings again. 

A Spotlight on Hearing Loss

Individuals with hearing loss, on average, take seven years to do something about their hearing loss. The majority of people do not wait seven years, or even one year, to address any other health problem. So, what makes hearing loss so unique?

Hearing loss is something that many people are ashamed to admit to in front of their families, relatives, and coworkers. People sometimes believe that admitting to a hearing loss is a sign of failure or deficiency. That is not the case, as someone who uses hearing aids and any hearing care professional already knows!

Many people are unaware of the impact hearing loss has on their families and friends. Relationships, social interactions, and potential careers, to name a few, may all be hampered by the condition. 

Recognizing Hearing Loss Symptoms

  • Difficulty understanding others: Those with hearing loss will find it difficult to hear people while communicating in a noisy environment. A noisy environment can range from a small group to a crowded restaurant.
  • Noticing more people ‘mumbling’: If you think others are mumbling, it’s a sign your hearing may be compromised. You may need to ask your friends or relatives to repeat themselves. Alternatively, you may find yourself saying “huh?” regularly. 
  • Avoiding social events: You may start avoiding group events because you know you won’t be able to hear in a crowd.
  • Tinnitus: There may be ringing or humming in your ears.

All of these scenarios are common for people who have hearing loss. It’s critical to be honest with yourself about these symptoms so you can get started on the road to better hearing.

Consider Hearing Loss Treatment

If you or a loved one is exhibiting some of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s time to schedule a hearing test. What better month to do it than Better Hearing and Speech Month? Our audiologists at Dr. Hear offer exceptional service. Unlike a hearing aid dispenser, an audiologist is a doctoral-level specialist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of both hearing and balance problems. We provide thorough hearing tests to determine your existing hearing abilities.

To get a clearer understanding of the hearing loss and where it might have occurred, we will take a detailed case history. We’ll then examine your ears to rule out other forms of hearing loss. You’ll hear a series of beeps and tones as the hearing test starts, which will enable us to determine your hearing prescription. The findings will be shared with you, and a plan will be put in motion to either track or manage your hearing loss.

Visit Us During Better Hearing & Speech Month!

With regular treatment and determination, Hearing loss doesn’t have to confine you to your home. Take Matt Deller of Sun City, founding director of Sounds of the Southwest Singers, a nonprofit all-volunteer community choir. Mr. Deller, a conductor with perfect pitch and severe hearing loss, leads his choir to stages worldwide. His story illustrates the significant contributions that people with hearing loss can make to the audience and the rest of the world. He was recently nominated for the 2020 Oticon Focus on People Awards, which honor exceptional individuals with hearing loss around the country.

We will help you take control of your hearing loss. If you are ready, contact us today to set up an appointment!