Even though May is almost over and done with, there is no time like the present to discuss the importance of Better Hearing & Speech Month.
In 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) created Better Hearing & Speech Month. The goal of the month-long event was to help raise awareness of hearing loss and speech problems. It became so popular that in 1986, President Reagan issued a formal proclamation designating May as the official month to heighten public awareness about hearing loss and speech disorders.
In addition to educating others about hearing and speech disorders, it can help encourage those who may be suffering in silence to take action.
How Your Plano Audiologist is Helping
There are nearly 48 million people in Texas and throughout the country with hearing loss but only 20 percent of them seek treatment. One of the ways your Plano audiologist can see these numbers increase is by teaching their patients about the benefits of hearing aids.
Getting a hearing aid can do a lot more than simply improve your ability to hear. Below are the top benefits users see when they decide to finally seek treatment.
Improved General Health
Those living with untreated hearing loss may see an increase in feelings of depression, anger and anxiety. Untreated hearing loss can also increase your risk of cognitive decline and physical injuries, especially falls.
An increased risk of falling should be taken seriously, as it is the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.
Improved Quality of Life
Better Hearing Institute (BHI) surveyed 2,000 individuals with hearing loss and found that in addition to seeing improvements in their ability to communicate, those who used a hearing aid saw an increase in their:
- Sense of Humor
- Mental Health
- Emotional Health
- Physical Health
- Sense of Safety
- Feelings about Self
- Sense of Independence
- Work Relationships
Improved Emotional Well-Being
Living in a hearing world with untreated hearing loss often requires you to rely on others for assistance. Getting a hearing aid can help you regain your independence and sense of control.
It can also reduce periods of social isolation and lead to healthier and longer-lasting relationships.
Those who choose to use a hearing aid to treat their hearing loss have higher self-esteem and a better quality of life than those who don’t.
Improved Professional Success
Not being able to hear can make it harder and more difficult to concentrate and communicate. This can be seen in a reduction in job performance and less monetary compensation.
In fact, a new study suggests that untreated hearing loss can make learning things harder, which can lead to problems storing new information.
To learn more about Better Hearing & Speech Month or the benefits of treating your hearing loss, contact your Plano audiologist today.