The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has recognized May as Better Hearing and Speech Month since 1927. Raising awareness continues each year by highlighting speech and hearing problems and encouraging treatment in both children and adults. If you recognize the following signs of hearing loss in yourself or family and friends of any age, our audiologists can provide testing and treatment to improve communication.
Hearing Loss in Kids and Teens
ASHA reports that nearly 15% of kids and teens ages 6-19 in the United States have hearing loss. This is in addition to the reported 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 babies born with loss. Children that are unable to hear language during critical brain and communication development can go on to face educational and social difficulties.
Signs of hearing loss in children and teens include the following:
- Doesn’t respond to sound (birth to 1 year)
- Lack of response to their name (7 months to 1 year)
- Unable to follow simply instructions (1 to 2 years)
- Delayed speech and language development (birth to 3 years)
- Tugs at ears
- Poor academic performance, often in reading and math
- Social isolation and unhappiness in school
Adult Hearing Loss
ASHA also reports that 37.5 million American adults ages 18 and older have difficulty hearing. Alarmingly, only 1 in 7 adults over the age of 50 who are hearing aid candidates actually wear aids. Untreated loss can negatively affect an adult’s career, social interactions, and quality of life as well as impact physical and mental health.
Adults often display the following signs of hearing loss:
- Tinnitus (a buzzing, humming, or ringing in the ears)
- Lack of response to speech
- Muffled or clogged ears
- Frustrated communication
- Avoidance of speaking to others
- Social isolation
Seek Help for Hearing Loss
Our Audiologists are experts in the evaluation and treatment of hearing loss in St. Louis, MO. While some decreases are temporary, most loss is permanent but can be treated successfully with hearing aids. To schedule a diagnostic hearing test to determine the cause and treatment for your loss, call us at (314) 227-0571.