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National Speech-Language-Hearing Month

May is National Speech-Language-Hearing Month. This month recognizes and brings awareness to communication disorders as well as the role of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.

About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. More than 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents. It's estimated that 5% to 10% of people in the U.S. have a communication disorder. By the first grade, about 5% of U.S. children have a noticeable speech disorder. Early identification and intervention for hearing loss is important.

Audiologists are health care professionals who diagnose, manage, and treat hearing, balance, or ear problems. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Here are some great resources if you think that your child may have a communication disorder or hearing issue:

Some great resources are:

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