May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Most children hear and listen to sounds from birth and learn to talk by imitating voices of their parents and caregivers. This is not true for all children, as some are born deaf or hard-of hearing. Some children lose their hearing later during childhood and will need to learn speech and language differently. It is important to detect deafness or hearing loss as early as possible.
This month provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing.
Here are a few tips from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to help protect your children’s ears: