2024 Better Hearing & Speech Month

Every May, healthcare professionals, educators, and communities come together to raise awareness about communication disorders and the effective treatments that can make a significant difference in improving the quality of life for those affected. This May, however, marks a significant evolution in this vital observance: the transition from “Better Speech and Hearing Month” to “Better Hearing and Communication Month.”

A New Name for a Broader Focus

The decision to change the name was not taken lightly. It reflects a broader commitment to addressing all aspects of communication, including how essential hearing health is to effective communication. As stated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), this new name better aligns with the goal of enhancing public understanding of communication processes, disorders, and the professional roles of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Why Focus on Communication?

Communication is at the heart of human experience. It enables us to form connections, make decisions, and participate fully in society. For those with hearing and speech impairments, challenges in communication can lead to significant barriers in daily activities, education, and work.

Better Hearing and Communication Month emphasizes the importance of early detection and intervention. Research consistently shows that early treatment can lead to better outcomes in speech, language, and hearing disorders. By expanding the scope of this observance to include all aspects of communication, the initiative aims to foster a more inclusive approach to health and well-being.

Also during this month of awareness, you should take the time to ask yourself some important questions and focus on your own hearing. Signs that you’re having hearing issues includes:

  • Having to ask others to repeat themselves
  • The need to turn your ears to hear something
  • Only being able to understand a conversation when looking at someone
  • Listening to media at a high volume
  • Experiencing ear ringing and pain

How HASA Contributes

At HASA, we are committed to supporting this initiative by providing resources and support to those affected by communication disorders. Our programs are designed to help individuals improve their communication skills, thereby enhancing their ability to engage with the world around them. Whether it’s through therapy, education, or public advocacy, HASA’s efforts are geared toward creating a more inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to communicate effectively.

Get Involved

There are many ways to participate in Better Hearing and Communication Month:

  • Educate Yourself and Others: Learn about communication disorders and the importance of good communication health. Share resources and information with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Advocate: Support policies that provide greater access to health services for those with communication disorders.
  • Volunteer: Donate your time to organizations that support the hearing and speech impaired, like HASA.
  • Attend Events: Participate in workshops, seminars, and activities focused on raising awareness about communication health.

As we embrace the new name and expanded focus of Better Hearing and Communication Month, let’s renew our commitment to promoting awareness and understanding of communication health. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with communication challenges and work towards a future where everyone has the tools they need to connect and thrive.

 

Learn More About HASA

HASA connects people to their worlds and aids individuals in their ability to understand and to be understood. HASA has grown into an organization that serves more than 4,000 children and adults every year, helping them communicate more effectively. With programming both on our Baltimore campus and through community-based programming, we provide education, access, and medical support to anyone who needs it.

We envision a society where everyone can understand and be understood and where everyone is treated with integrity, compassion, and equity. Join us

www.hasa.org