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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Source: Center for Disease Control & Prevention

According to the World Health Organization’s Report on Hearing

Noise is now being acknowledged as an important public health issue and a top environmental risk faced by the world today.


Did You Know

The average person is born with about 16,000 hair cells within their inner ear. These cells allow your brain to detect sounds. By the time you notice hearing loss, many hair cells have already been damaged or destroyed. You can lose 30% to 50% of hair cells before changes in your hearing can be measured by a hearing test. Damaged inner ear cells do not grow back.

In addition to damaging hair cells, noise can also damage the auditory nerve that carries information about sounds to your brain. Early damage may not show up on your hearing test.

Although there is no treatment to restore normal hearing, you can prevent hearing loss from loud sounds.

Protect your hearing! And if you already have hearing loss or are experiencing pain, discomfort, or ringing in the ears, take steps to keep it from getting worse.

Get your hearing checked.

Loud noise can cause hearing loss, but you can take steps to protect your ears.


How-To Protect Yourself

People often voluntarily expose themselves to loud sounds through their headphones or through the stereo system in concerts, nightclubs, sporting events, and even fitness classes.

  • Protect your hearing when shooting a firearm. Those using firearms for recreational purpose would benefit from learning about their safe use, which includes but is not limited to use of hearing protection.

  • Is the noise too loud? If you need to shout to make yourself heard, then yes. And you need hearing protection such as earplugs or noise-cancelling earmuffs.

  • Do not listen to headphones for a long period of time. Turn the volume down and take periodic breaks from the noise.

  • Wear good hearing protection!

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Let’s Celebrate May

  May is Better Hearing Month. Protect your hearing!

May 1: May Day,             Lemonade Day, Hug Your Cat Day, Mother Goose Day

May 3: National Two Different Colored Shoes Day,  Lumpy Rug Day, National Teacher Day

May 4: Great American Grump Out, Orange Juice Day, Bird Day

May 5:  Cinco de Mayo, International Roller Derby Day, World Naked Gardening Day

May 6; No Diet Day, Dandelion Day, Tuba Day

May 7: Join Hands Day, Kentucky Derby, Learn To Ride A Bike Day

May 8:                    Mother's Day, No Socks Day

May 10: Clean Your Room Day, Hostess Cupcake Day

May 13: Friday the 13th, Frog Jumping Day

May 14: National Chicken Dance Day, Stars and Stripes Forever Day, World Belly Dance Day

May 15: Straw Hat Day, Ride A Unicycle Day, National Chocolate Chip Day 

May 17: National Cherry Cobbler Day,  National Pack Rat Day

May 18:               I Love Reeses Day, Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19: National Devil’s Food Cake Day

May 20: Be a Millionaire Day, National Pizza Party Day, International Red Sneakers Day

May 21: Armed Forces Day,  International Tea Day
May 24:                  International Tiara Day, Shrimp Day

May 25: Cookie Monster's Birthday, National Tap Dance Day, National Wine Day

May 26: Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day, National Paper Airplane Day

May 28: National Hamburger Day, National Learn To Swim Day

May 29: National Alligator Day, Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day

May 30: Memorial Day, Mint Julep Day, My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It Day

May 31: National Smile Day, Save Your Hearing Day

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