May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Every May since 1927,the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has been educating the public about hearing and speech disorders. The cause gained even more traction in 1986 when President Reagan issued a formal proclamation designating May as the official month to encourage people to take action if they believe there might be a problem with their hearing or speech.

Your San Diego audiologist believes their role in helping to spread awareness is through education. Below are the three most common myths we have heard about hearing loss.

Hearing Loss and Old People

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Myth: Hearing loss only affects older people.

Truth: While hearing loss is more prevalent in the older population, it is by no means confined to the over 65 crowd.

Out of every 1,000 children born, 2-3 of them are born deaf or hard of hearing. There are six million individuals between the ages of 18 and 44 and 65 percent of people with hearing loss are under the age of 65.

Hearing Loss is Harmless

Myth: While annoying, hearing loss can’t actually hurt you.

Truth: Most folks would be quick to point out that the only way hearing loss can hurt you is if you don’t hear a car honk as it approaches. But actually, new research suggests that hearing loss is linked to a number of other conditions, such as:

  • Depression
  • Cognitive decline
  • Risk of falls
  • Dementia

On a more positive note, studies have also found that there are a number of benefits to treating your hearing loss. One in particular found that participants who treated their hearing loss with hearing aids saw improvements in their:

  • Romance
  • Sense of humor
  • Mental health
  • Emotional health
  • Physical health
  • Sense of safety
  • Self-confidence
  • Sense of independence
  • Work relationships

If You Can Still Hear, You’re Fine

Myth: As long as you can hear a few sounds, then your hearing is fine.

Truth: You should not wait until you have profound hearing loss before seeking help. As with any medical condition, the earlier you treat the problem the better the results.

If you begin to notice you are missing sounds here and there, it is the perfect time to contact your San Diego audiologist.

To learn more about celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month or to schedule an appointment, contact your San Diego audiologist today.

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