May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
What You Need to Know About Hearing and Speech
- One in five Americans is affected by hearing loss.
- Hearing loss can develop at any age and may be caused by many different factors.
- Hearing loss that is identified early can be helped through treatment, such as hearing aids, medications, and surgery.
- Speech language pathologists work with many types of patients including those who have cochlear implantation surgery, suffer from a voice disorder or during rehabilitation following treatment for head and neck cancer.
- Many patients with voice and laryngeal disorders receive voice therapy which aims to change a patient's vocal behavior teach them optimal vocal technique.
Hearing and Speech Facebook Chat:
Q: Are bilateral hearing aids programmed at 95 decibels going to provide the same benefit as a cochlear implant?
A: Hearing aids make sounds louder, but cochlear implants can make speech more clear for patients with significant hearing loss. If speech clarity is a problem, the cochlear implant will be the better option in most cases versus a hearing aid for patients with 95dB hearing levels.
Q: What does the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery do for children who are nonverbal?
A: Without knowing the specifics of your child's situation, it's difficult to recommend a communication strategy. For non-verbal children, there are options such as sign language and augmentative (computer-assisted) communication. The best place to start for your child would be thorough speech language and hearing evaluations by a licensed provider.
Cochlear Implant Stories: The Gift of Hearing
By the age of 12, Sarah Aquino was experiencing hearing loss so significant that hearing aids were no longer providing her sufficient assistance. Watch Sarah's journey with The Listening Center.
Latest Advancements in Hearing Research
Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Brain Tissue Loss
Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.
Hearing Loss in Older Adults Tied to Poorer Physical and Mental Health
Older adults with hearing loss are more likely than peers with normal hearing to require hospitalization and suffer from periods of inactivity and depression, according to results of a new study by experts at Johns Hopkins.