During May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU is spotlighting the importance of early detection and treatment for communication disorders in adults.
On May 7, graduate students, faculty and staff hosted campus-wide hearing screenings at the Communication Disorders Clinic. Nearly 100 faculty, students and staff, including Big Red and President Gary Ransdell, attended the hearing screening.
Roughly 40 million Americans experience speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders. Hearing loss is among the most common conditions affecting older Americans. In fact, according to an AARP-American Speech-Language-Hearing Association poll taken in 2011, a significant percentage of baby boomers have untreated hearing loss. Hearing and balance issues are also risk factors for falls—a serious concern for the older population—that may result in significant injury or death.
Contact: Communication Sciences and Disorders, (270) 745-4541