May is Speech and Hearing Month
Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted, but the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. For those who have difficulty communicating, everyday interactions can pose significant challenges. A communication disorder may prevent an individual from performing well at work, asking for help, hearing instructions at school or even saying ‘I love you’.
Each year, Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication health. We work to highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication disorders, and the role that our members and associates play in helping people to “Speak well. Hear well. Live well”.
Simon the Owl, our Speech and Hearing Month mascot, connects kids with communication
Early Identification and Intervention is Key
One in six people in Canada has a communication disorder. Communication disorders include speech, language, hearing, auditory, swallowing and balance disorders. They are treated by speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants, known collectively as communication health professionals.
Communication disorders can have a significant impact on our physical, emotional, social, vocational and financial well-being, which is why it’s important to identify problems early on. No matter how old you are, the earlier that a disorder is identified, the better your chances are for improvement or even recovery.
What Do Communication Health Professionals Do?
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work with people of all ages to identify, assess and treat a wide range of communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists help to manage speech, language, voice, swallowing and feeding disorders, and audiologists work with individuals with hearing loss, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus and other auditory disorders, as well as balance disorders.
In addition to working in clinical settings, speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in research, education, advocacy, counselling, policy development and health administration. They are assisted by communication health assistants.
Ready to get involved? Click here to find out how you can participate in our 2017 Speech and Hearing Month campaign!
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) is a member-driven organization that supports, promotes and elevates the professions of our members and associates. We are the only national organization passionately supporting and representing speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants inclusively. Through this support, we champion the needs of people with communication disorders.
To learn more about SAC or to find a communication health professional near you, please visit www.communicationhealth.ca.