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.
My beautiful baby is born and the feelings of joy are immense. Everything is brand new and a little overwhelming. The routine hearing screening at the hospital is performed. Wait. What? My baby needs more testing? But that doesn’t make sense! We have no history of hearing loss in the family and my baby is "healthy.” I do as suggested and schedule a full diagnostic test. The results show a permanent hearing loss. The audiologist is recommending hearing aids.
A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound.
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.
Ok. I have to be real about this.
Back in the day, before I became an audiologist, I did some really unkind, unhealthy things to my hearing. Pretty please, promise you won’t tell my 14 year old. You know, as the saying goes “do as I say not as I did."
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.