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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

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Communication is such an important part of our everyday experience that we don’t often take the time we should to appreciate its gifts. Luckily, we reserve the entire month of May to do just that.

Here at Akamai Hearing Aids, we are dedicated to our patients’ hearing health 365 days out of the year. But here’s why May is a particularly good month to schedule your annual visit! From the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the entire month of May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, dedicated to raising hearing health awareness. You can bet that we are on board with incentives to engage the public. This is a great time to schedule a free hearing test and look for the perfect hearing aid.

Get Your Hearing Tested

A quick and easy hearing test is a wonderful way to check in with your hearing health. Early intervention counts when it comes to slowing down the rate of hearing loss. Treating existing hearing loss, even in mild degrees, can stop the quick decline in hearing capabilities and immediately improve your hearing comfort. It’s been proven that hearing loss left untreated further deteriorates at a rapid rate. However, diagnosing and treating hearing loss with a hearing device significantly slows or sometimes even stalls the rate of hearing loss.

Hearing loss is often difficult to self-diagnose. We may think that folks around us just don’t enunciate properly. Or that our spouse is being nitpicky about the television volume. Or that the cell phone connection is just lousy. In fact, all these may be signs that we suffer from a mild or moderate degree of hearing loss. The bad news is that there is no way to reverse hearing loss. The great news is that hearing loss is easily, affordably and discreetly treatable!

In today’s world, audio technology has grown in leaps and bounds alongside other industries. Hearing devices are smaller than ever before and just as smart as your phone. Bluetooth capabilities allow us to link most hearing aids to our favorite devices, integrating seamlessly into our lives.

There’s More to Hearing Health Than Just Hearing

You may think that hearing difficulty only results in less social interaction or strained and effortful conversation. For some, this is stressful enough to urge them to seek treatment. Others accept mild hearing loss, avoiding the next steps in seeking treatment or a hearing solution. However, there is more at stake than missing out on your company’s annual party. Hearing loss has been linked to depression and dementia. Each of us should be concerned with our own degree of hearing loss and seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Educating your children about hearing health

Hearing loss is most often linked to the normal aging process. However, more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are under the age of 65. While untreated adult hearing loss has been linked to dementia and depression, hearing difficulty in children can result in difficulty learning and low self-esteem. We live in a culture where everyone is plugged in, often literally. Headphones are as common of an accessory as sunglasses these days. With children and teens, this means that they are in control of their listening health with very little supervision. This is a great time of year to check in with your children about appropriate volumes and the advantages of maintain healthy hearing.

If a child is listening with headphones in an externally noisy environment, it is natural to assume that they’ll amplify the volume of their headset. Adults fearing gradual hearing loss often have the wherewithal to monitor their volume levels, whereas a child may not. This is where parental restrictions come in handy to keep noise levels at predetermined settings. For younger children, make sure that appropriate controls are in place. Many devices have parental controls that allow you to choose the maximum volume levels. These are often call ‘Restrictions’ on modern gadgets and can be locked in and customized with a simple password system or an app.

And don’t forget to value your own hearing health by monitoring your own listening environments. One of the greatest predictors of children’s lifelong behaviors is that of their own parents. Model good listening practices for yourself and you’re more than halfway to the goal of protecting your child’s hearing throughout their lifetime.

It’s never too late to improve your hearing health! Schedule a hearing test with us at Akamai Hearing Aids in Hawaii for Better Speech and Hearing Month.