“NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, and I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities”. (1986).

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and available treatment options that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking, understanding, or hearing. This years theme is “Communication Across the Lifespan”. Hearing loss and other communication disorders can affect people at any age. They can be present at birth or develop over time, and House Ear Institute supports a wide range of research to help develop effective diagnostic and treatment strategies relevant to communication throughout the lifespan.

Signs of Hearing Loss in Children
Signs of Hearing Loss Across The Age Spectrum

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We encourage you to share your stories about your experience with HEI and hearing loss and ear disease. How HEI impacted your overall quality of life.

To submit written stories with a favorite picture of yourself (under 1000 words), email rmengistu@hei.org. Or, you can create a video or image post on Instagram and tag us in it (@HouseEar)

All selected stories, images and videos will be shared across House Ear Institutes  marketing and communications channels throughout May and beyond.

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