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