FREE SPEECH ZONE | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

“One in Five Americans Has Hearing Loss.” With this headline Johns Hopkins researchers gained the media’s attention in November 2011. They found that 1 in 5 Americans over the age of 12 has a degree of hearing loss sufficient to hamper communication. This amounts to 48 million people. The study results which were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (14 November 2011) showed that the number of those with hearing challenges was quite a bit higher than what had been previously thought. It is worrisome that the numbers of young people with hearing loss are on the rise as even a small hearing decline can have a significant impact on learning abilities and on the development of speech and language skills.             Since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has dedicated the month of May to raise public awareness about communication disorders related to hearing and speech/language issues. Continue Reading