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The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) each May to raise awareness about hearing and speech related disorders by observing Better Hearing and Speech Month. Human connection begins with effective communication, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, up to 15% of Americans experience hearing or other communication disorders with that number increasing up to 50% for those who are 75 and older. Communication and hearing disorders are recognized as a public health issue and can be co-occurring, meaning a person with a speech disorder could also have a hearing impairment and vice versa. Current research has helped to advance our understanding of hearing, voice, speech, and language disorders leading to improvements in diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies.

May 2022 - Better Hearing and Speech Month

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