Communication At Work | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Jesse Western

Every May, ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). BHSM was founded in 1927, as the website states, “to raise awareness and promote treatment that can improve quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, hearing, or understanding.” The theme for 2020 is “Communication at Work,” which helps focus on the struggles of those with hearing speech and language issues. 

Signs of Hearing Loss

If you are currently not treating your hearing loss it is more important than ever to deal with this disability. Because hearing loss occurs gradually it can be hard to self diagnose. If you know the symptoms of hearing loss then it will be easier to recognize and seek out help. This is more important than ever during this crisis as many of us are sheltering at home alone, not engaging as frequently in social interactions. Some common signs of hearing loss to look out for include:

  • Feeling physically & mentally exhausted after a day of conversation
  • You often feel lost in conversation
    • You ask others to repeat themselves frequently
  • People complain you turn up the TV or radio too loudly so you can hear
    • Frequently mishearing certain words as others or missing certain tones.
    • Feeling irritated, stressed, or overwhelmed by noises, voices, or loud sounds.

If you relate to any of these symptoms then it is important to have your hearing tested as soon as possible so you can find the best hearing solution. Treating hearing can improve your quality of life, your relationships and your career.  

Dangers of Untreated Hearing Loss

You may not think your hearing is “that bad” but it is important to understand that untreated hearing loss is a serious condition. Ignoring hearing loss is not just an ear issue but can have detrimental impacts on your physical and emotional health. When you struggle to keep up with conversation it can be exhausting and alienating. Often people with hearing loss can lose self esteem as they struggle to contribute in important and casual conversation with those at work and at home. Your relationships become strained and your productivity at work often drops. This can lead to depression, anxiety, and the choice to self isolate. 

The Physical Risks of Hearing Loss

Not only is untreated hearing loss dangerous for your social and emotional health but has been linked to high blood pressure, insomnia and even dementia. Treating your hearing loss can give you a sense of independence you may have felt you lost. When you can hear the world around you, it’s easier to navigate the world and much safer. Hearing loss often makes it hard to hear warning sounds, like vehicles and bikes approaching and what direction the sounds are coming from. You may be less aware of your surroundings, which can lead to a higher risk of accidents that could land you in the hospital. 

It is important to seek help if you notice you are struggling with hearing. Hearing aids help to amplify the sounds around you delivering them directly to the ear. While most hearing loss is irreversible hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss.

How Hearing Aids Help

Hearing aids are tiny electronic devices that are worn in or close to your ear, that amplify the sounds around you and send them to your ears. While most hearing loss is irreversible, hearing aids can help make communication easier than ever before.  Hearing aids can improve hearing and speech comprehension for those of us with hearing loss, making it easier to connect to the people around you, have higher success at work and gain back your sense of independence. 

Now is the Time to Act

Once you realize how hearing aids can improve so many aspects of your life it just might feel ridiculous to go another day without them. You don’t have to struggle with old hearing aids that do not work for you anymore or no hearing aids at all. Use this May as an excuse to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month. Contact us at about a hearing test and make sure you can hear you best.