36 million Americans have hearing loss, but only 1 in 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one. Each May the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) promotes Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) to raise awareness about communication disorders and the important role of the professionals who treat them.
We know that it is often family and friends that first recognize the signs of hearing loss in a loved one. Having the conversation about hearing loss with someone may not be easy. Denial, anger and reluctance are typical responses to the suggestion of a hearing test. Despite new, slim designs and Made for iPhone® capabilities, the stigma around wearing one still remains.
This year, ASHA’s “Identify the Signs” campaign stresses the importance of early detection and recognizes that communication disorders are treatable.
Look for these signs in adults who might suffer from hearing loss:
- Failure to respond
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears
- Listening to electronics at a high volume
- Muffled hearing
- Avoiding conversation
- Social isolation
To find a hearing healthcare professional in your area, visit http://www.gnresound.com/find-a-professional.