There is an old saying (and song) that goes; “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” This has never been more accurate than when it comes to your hearing. That’s why it is so important to come together and recognize Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).
Every year, the entire month of May, across America, is dedicated to Better Hearing and Speech. This annual awareness event was first brought to the forefront to acknowledge those people who have suffered and triumphed over language and hearing disorders. Not only is this month dedicated to sufferers of a hearing problem, but in honor of caretakers who assist hearing-impaired individuals though their struggles. Without the family, friends, counselors, speech-language pathologists, teachers and support system; life would be even more difficult for those who are unable to hear well. These therapists and relatives are there to lend a hand, while teaching hearing-impaired youngsters how to communicate.
It is difficult to imagine waking up one day and being unable to hear sounds, like birds chirping, or even the garbage truck barreling up the street. These are sounds we often take for granted. The thought is frightening to even the strongest of men. Now, imagine if you were a child and this was happening to you? That is why we need as much awareness of hearing and speech disabilities as possible.
Take the time to learn the warning signs of hearing loss, such as:
- Asking people to repeat words or phrases frequently.
- Family complaining of your TV/music being too loud.
- People tell you that you talk too loud.
- Your ears feel like they are ringing or humming.
- You wonder why people mumble so much.
- You can’t hear ordinary household sounds, such as water dripping, dishwasher churning, furnace coming on, etc.
- Understanding all of the words in a conversation seems difficult, both on the phone and in face-to-face conversations.
These are just a few of many signs, so if you do notice any of these things, why not let this month be the time to get your hearing checked?