Every May since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month to raise the public’s awareness of speech, language and hearing disorders that now affect more than 14 million Americans.
Communication disorders take many forms and can limit our ability to learn, challenge the health of our relationships, impact our emotional well-being, and stifle career opportunities. Someone may be born with a speech-language or hearing disorder or acquire a disorder through accident or illness.
Fortunately, most people with communication problems can be helped. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists are the professionals who treat all types of speech-language and hearing disorders. They hold at least a master’s degree, are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and, in all but two states, are licensed to work in one or more settings.
Find more information about speech-language and/or hearing disorders at the ASHA website, https://www.asha.org/public/.
Author: Jeanne Juenger, MS, CCC/SLP