Hear this! May is Speech and Hearing Month

Each year, the month of May in Canada is dedicated to raising public awareness about communication health and the vital role it plays in our everyday lives. Clear communication is critical at any age, but as we get older, hearing loss and speech difficulties can become more common. This month is a great reminder to prioritize communication health.


Why is speech and hearing important for older adults?

  • Maintaining social connections: Clear communication lets you stay engaged with loved ones, friends, and your community.
  • Supporting mental well-being: Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation and even depression.
  • Contributing to physical health: Hearing loss can increase the risk of falls and other health problems


Four things you can do for your hearing and speech:


  • Schedule a hearing check: Hearing loss often creeps up gradually. Talk to your healthcare team about scheduling a hearing test. Early intervention can make a big difference!
  • Embrace technology: There are many tools available to help with communication. Explore amplified phones, captioning devices, and other assistive technologies that may enable better communication.
  • Stay Connected: Social interaction is key to maintaining communication skills. Encourage participation in social activities, clubs, or online communities.


By prioritizing our speech and hearing, we can ensure that older adults stay connected, engaged, and thriving. Let's make the most of Speech and Hearing Month to keep the conversation going amongst a wisdom-filled generation.

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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website