Did You Know?
Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being – hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life!
The good news is that there is help for persons with hearing loss – but the first step is to visit an audiologist, who can evaluate your hearing and determine the type and degree of your hearing loss.
Why Newborn Hearing Screening Is Important
Approximately 6 of every 1,000 babies have a significant hearing problem at birth, and more than 4,000 babies are born with hearing loss each year. Babies are not able to tell you they have hearing loss, and the first year of life is critical to the development of normal speech and language.
Do you or someone you know need improved access to an audiologist?
Contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to support equitable access to quality hearing health care for Medicare beneficiaries.
October is National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month. Learn more about hearing loss prevention with these educational fact sheets, games, resources, and tools.
Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.