Saturday, May 9, 2009

Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.
Here are some interesting facts:
*1 out of 10 Americans have a hearing loss - that's more than 31 million people! (Better Hearing Institute)
*Each year in the United States, more than 12,000 babies are born with hearing loss. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
*Hearing impairment affects 10% of the population and is the 3rd most common chronic health condition in the US. (Audiology Foundation of America)
*93% of consumers with hearing devices say their quality of life has been improved. (Audiology Foundation of America)
Did you know...
*crickets have their hearing organs in their knees?
*male mosquitoes hear with thousands of tiny hairs growing on their antennae?
Here are some fun ideas for supporting Better Hearing and Speech Month:
*Enjoy a conversation with your child today - take pleasure in the sound of his voice!
*Turn off the television and share a story with your child.
*Enjoy a nature walk with your child - point out your favorite nature sounds.
Some great quotes:
"Because Life is Worth Hearing!" - Cochlear Americas
"It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision." - Helen Keller
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." - Helen Keller
"I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly." Psalm 85:8

1 comment:

  1. Very important posting. The "numbers/facts" were very interesting! Hearing loss has affect my daughter and in age, hearing loss has affected me. However our loss is not in comparison with others but I do feel the importance of the issue.
    Once again, thank you for "not being silent"
    Jill Andrews


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