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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month - 2014

(from www.asha.org)
2014-BHSM-logo-horiz.jpgEach May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment. For 2014, the Identify the Signs campaign will be front and center in ASHA's public outreach during BHSM. We have many resources to help you celebrate all month long.

Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website at  www.asha.org for additional information


Fact Sheet: Prevalence and Cost of Communication Disorders in the U.S.



Speech_Info_2014.jpg• Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have trouble using their voices
• By the first grade, roughly 5 percent of children have noticeable speech disorders
• More than 3 million Americans stutter


• Between 6 and 8 million people in the U.S. have some form of language impairment
• Roughly one million persons in the U.S. suffer from aphasia (the inability to use or understand language)


Hearing_Info_2014.jpg• 31.5 million Americans have hearing loss
• According to an AARP-American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2011 poll
of ARRP members, 47 % of respondents reported having untreated hearing loss
• 1 in 5 Americans (48 million people) have hearing loss in at least one ear
• Roughly 26 million Americans ages 20-69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises

• The Centers for Disease Control estimate that the lifetime costs for all people with hearing loss born in the year 2000 will total $2.1 billion. Most of these costs will come from lost wages due to inability or limited ability to work

• Five studies on early detection and intervention have shown that future benefits exceed treatment costs at a ratio as high as 7 to 1
(from www.asha.org, May 2014)