The month of May has been dedicated to bringing awareness to hearing and speech issues, named the Better Hearing and Speech Month. As around 46 million Americans suffer from communication disorders, these issues deserve more attention.
As hearing experts, the Hearing Associates Of Las Vegas have a vested interest in furthering awareness, research, and other efforts associated with the Better Hearing and Speech Month. To help support those suffering from communication disorders, we have some advice which may make your life a little easier.
Your Hearing Can Directly Impact Your Speech And Other Things
Not everyone realizes how much their hearing can directly impact their speech. Our hearing allows us to not only understand what we have heard but the correct way to respond.
For example, say someone had moderate hearing loss. This person may have a difficult time following conversations begin held in a group and may not be able to pronounce the words they want to say, as they may have never clearly heard how the word sounds.
Another example of this is if someone has lost the ability to hear low tones. While this may not directly impact your speech, it may be hard to hear and respond to those with deep voices. Also, it is possible to miss dangerous things, like the warning growl of a dog.
Ways To Correct Hearing And Speech Issues
There is no cure-all when it comes to hearing and speech difficulties. However, a combination of techniques and hearing services can help you correct many of your hearing and/or speech issues.
- Hearing evaluation – If you are unsure if you have a hearing issue as well as a speech problem, it is important to go in for a hearing evaluation. Our certified audiologists can give you a comprehensive hearing exam to help you determine both if you have hearing loss and how extensive your hearing loss is officially.
- Hearing aids – Once you have gone through a hearing evaluation and discovered the extent of your hearing loss, the next step is to obtain hearing aids. With us to help fit you with the right hearing aids for your needs, you can regain much of the hearing you lost.
- Speech therapy – After you have bettered your hearing, speech therapy can help you master many of the issues you have with your speech. Whether it be a particular set of letters or sounds you have a difficulty pronouncing, a good speech therapist can help you overcome these problems.
- Face speakers – An important technique to implement is facing those who are speaking. Many hearing aids have directional microphones, so facing speaker can help you capture exactly what is said. Also, the person’s body language is a good way to clue into how you should respond to the speaker.
If you are ready to start enjoying better hearing and speech, then contact us. We have two locations to see patients, and our team of hearing specialists are ready to help you improve your hearing through our hearing services. We hope to hear from you soon!