World Hearing Day, formally known as International Ear Care Day, is celebrated every year on March 3rd. The World Health Organization started this day in 2007 to promote better hearing health care through themes. The 2018 theme is “Hear the future” - drawing attention to the anticipated increase in the number of people with hearing loss around the world in the coming decades. It will focus on three strategies (Prevention, Identification, Treatment) to stem the rise and outline steps to ensure access to the necessary rehabilitation services and communication tools and products for people with hearing loss.
Many of our social interactions revolve around going out to eat; sharing a meal and time with friends and family. But, enjoying a quiet restaurant dining experience may seem nearly impossible. Trying to hold a conversation, hear others talking at your table or, hear and understand the wait-staff and hostess in noisy restaurants can prove challenging - even for normal hearing individuals. If you are hearing impaired it becomes exponentially worse.
According to the National Center of Disease Statistics, 5.2 million children between the ages of 6-19 years have hearing loss directly related to noise exposure.
CHSC is proud to announce that our Sound Choices program is now available to the public.
As audiologists at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, we are best known for rehabilitating hearing loss. However, we don’t stop at evaluating your hearing. We care about communication. When you come to one of our audiologists for a diagnostic hearing evaluation, we discuss with you your lifestyle and your communication needs. We talk to you about how your specific hearing loss impacts your ability to communicate in a wide range of listening environments. Just as important— we work with family, friends, and other communication partners to help them better understand how to communicate with a loved one who has hearing loss. During May - Better Hearing and Speech Month - we want to discuss how Clear Speech can lead to better hearing. The following strategies can help you improve your communication with family and friends who have a hearing loss.
I remember the days my children were born clearly….well, kind of. Some moments are crystal clear and will be etched in my memory til the end of time - “Your baby boy has red hair!” “It’s a girl!” In contrast; many of the details were a complete blur - countless nurses, doctors, aides, monitors and medications. There were informational videos to watch, and tearful meetings with lactation consultants. The constant hum of activity allowed for very little sleep.
“Do I really need a hearing aids?”
“Is my hearing that bad?”
“I am only here because my kids think I need a hearing aid”
Audiologists hear comments like this throughout their day.
Unfortunately hearing aids have not gained the same mainstream popularity and fashion forward statement that eyeglasses have. Despite the fact that 360 million people worldwide have hearing loss and that nearly 50% of people over 75 years of age have hearing loss, there is still wide spread resistance to trying hearing aids.