May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

From our Friends at Black Bear Academy

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designates May as “Better Speech and Hearing Month.”  Hearing, speech and language are all vital components of communication and play very important roles in both learning and teaching.  Speech pathologists and Audiologists use this month to spread awareness about these important professions!

What do Speech Pathologists Do?

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech (articulation), language, social communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.  Besides schools, you will find SLPs in skilled nursing facilities, private practices, early Intervention, and hospital settings. 

W hat do Audiologists do?

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. This includes assessing the candidacy of persons with hearing loss for hearing aids and cochlear implants, as well as providing fitting, programming, and audiologic rehabilitation to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Did you know?

Accordingly to American Speech and Hearing Association, approximately 43,000 people in the United States have communication disorders.  This means they have problems with speech, voice, language and/or hearing

To produce a phrase, about 100 muscles of the chest, neck, jaw, tongue, and lips must coordinate

Infants as young as 4 weeks can be fit with hearing aids and hearing assistive technology systems.

Early intervention therapies significantly increase the child’s ability to integrate in future social environments, including school, community, and ultimately employment

You can learn more about speech, language and hearing by visiting http://identifythesigns.org

All information and statistics provided by American Speech and Hearing Association Website (asha.org)

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