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Better Hearing and Speech Month

Hey, students and parents! Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? 

It's a time to raise awareness about hearing, speech, and language, and how they contribute to our overall health and well-being. This year's theme is 'Connecting Through Communication,' which emphasizes the importance of communication in building and maintaining strong relationships with our family, friends, and communities.

Speech and language disorders are more common than you might think. In fact, 1 in 10 Canadian children have a speech or language disorder! These disorders can make it hard for kids to communicate with others, understand what people are saying, and express themselves effectively.

That's where SLPs (Speech-Language Pathologists) and SLPAs (Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants) come in. These amazing professionals are trained to help kids with speech and language disorders. They can work with kids in schools to assess their communication skills, develop individualized treatment plans, and provide therapy to help improve their communication abilities.

Hearing is an essential part of our communication. Our ears are responsible for capturing sounds and transmitting them to our brain, where they are processed and interpreted as meaningful information. But did you know that hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions in Canada, affecting people of all ages? One of the most common causes of hearing loss in school age kids is exposure to loud noises. If you or someone you love is experiencing hearing loss, it's essential to seek help from an audiologist. But even if you're not experiencing hearing loss, it's still essential to take care of your hearing. Here are some tips to help you protect your ears:

  • Wear earplugs or noise-canceling headphones when exposed to loud noises, such as concerts, sporting events, or construction sites.

  • Turn down the volume on your headphones or speakers. 

  • Take regular breaks when listening to music or other sounds for an extended time.

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals that support hearing and overall health.

  • Get regular exercise to improve circulation, which is essential for healthy ears. 

Remember, taking care of your hearing and working on your speech and language skills is an important part of your overall health and well-being. So let's celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month by building connections through better communication!


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