The month of May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. Back in 1927 the month of May was designated Better Hearing and Speech Month to raise awareness about the causes and treatments of hearing loss and speech impediments. And, on May 21, 1986, President Ronald Reagan issued a formal proclamation designating May as the official month to “heighten public awareness” about hearing loss and speech disorders.
His proclamation is as follows:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, and I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities. (Proclamation 5486, May 21, 1986).
Ronald Reagan is one among many famous people with hearing loss. Another is Helen Keller. In fact, Helen Keller once said that of all her sensory deprivations, she most missed her ability to hear. She noted that while blindness kept her separate from things, hearing loss separated her from people, and human connections.
During May, the hearing care industry encourages American citizens to get screened for hearing loss. Hearing care professionals nationwide make an effort to educate the public about hearing loss, and offer free, or reduced-price, hearing tests. May is also a great time to take advantage of incentives on hearing aids, and to learn about new hearing aid technology.