Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The aim of BHSM is to raise awareness about hearing and speech problems, encouraging people to analyze their own hearing and speech, and to take action if they think there might be a problem. Treatment can then be given to improve the quality of life in people with communication problems.
AHSA offer many resources for this annual BHSM campaign held throughout May. These resources are tailored for both patients, health professionals and members of the public. A section of their website is dedicated to Better Hearing and Speech Month which features personal stories about this month.
The Better Hearing and Speech Month Logo
The BHSM website provides free resources including a screen saver, door hanger, iron on logo, plus a Press Room for media organizations.
Better Hearing and Speech Month also encourages parents to identify possible speech and language problems in their children which can affect a child's learning and self esteem. BHSM educates people about the signs of hearing loss.
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If any of these signs are displayed, a person can take action by visiting an audiologist for a hearing test. An audiologist is a health professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating people with hearing problems.
In most cases hearing loss is treatable. Audiologists can teach their clients to concentrate on listening to certain sounds. Hearing loss can often be overcome using either hearing aids or other assistive learning devices.
For more information visit the Better Hearing and Speech Month Website.