On Thursday, May 2, 2013, the Hearing Health Foundation will launch national Better Hearing & Speech Month by providing free hearing screenings for select grade school kids in NYC. Between 9 a.m. and 12 a.m. ET, third through fifth graders at The Speyer Legacy School on the Upper West Side will get free hearing screenings.
In 2009, regular hearing screenings were removed from schools. These screenings are vital to protecting our hearing. Almost 50 million Americans experience hearing loss. The Hearing Health Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for hearing loss. Often people put off dealing with hearing loss and the Foundation brings light to the some of the reasons to have your hearing tested.
- Just 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss.
- A surprising 20% of preschoolers fail hearing screenings.
- A whopping 72% of people attending senior centers fail the hearing screening.
- Hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression.
- People with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia; the likelihood of dementia increases with more severe hearing loss.
- 1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear.
- A significant 20% of the US population aged 12 years and older has hearing difficulties.
- In the US, 3 out of every 1,000 children are born hard-of-hearing or deaf.
- Nearly 60% of deployed military service people have noise induced hearing loss, tinnitus and other hearing injuries.
- Around 26 million Americans between the ages 26 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss from exposure to loud noises at work or during leisure activities.
The hearing screenings held at The Speyer Legacy School in May will launch the Foundation's Pledge to Get Your Hearing Tested. Throughout the month of May, Hearing Health Foundation has launched a campaign encouraging people to pledge online to get their hearing, and their children's hearing, tested. Visit hearinghealthfoundation.org/hearing_pledge to join the pledge.
The Hearing Health Foundation will partner with Gordon Hearing Conservation and The Speyer Legacy School to provide free hearing screenings for their third through fifth graders. Since NYC schools no longer offer hearing screening for their students, this will help ensure the protection of these students and raise awareness about the situation during May's “Better Hearing & Speech Month.” It is a time for people to consider hearing loss and getting screened now to find out more about their own health.
Hearing Health Foundation is the largest private funds provider of hearing research. Since 1958, the Foundation has given nearly $30 million to hearing and balance research. In 2011, the Foundation launched the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP), a consortium of scientists working on cell regeneration in the ear to develop a biologic cure for acquired hearing loss within the next decade. The Hearing Health Foundation publishes the Hearing Health magazine, a free consumer resource on hearing loss and the latest related technology. To find out more about the Hearing Health Foundation and hearing loss, visit hearinghealthfoundation.org.