Better Hearing and Speech Month

Better Speech and Hearing Month

By Anna Bell, MS, CCC-SLP
Compliance Officer and Regional Director

What was that?  Can you speak more clearly?  May 1 – 31, 2017 is Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM), which is an opportunity to raise awareness of communication disorders and how speech-language pathologists and audiologists can provide life-changing treatment.

So, what exactly is a speech-language pathologist?  According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA), a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a clinician who specializes in the diagnosis, prognosis, prescription, and remediation of speech and/or language disorders.  The profession can also be called a speech therapist (ST) or speech and language therapist.  What is an audiologist?  Audiologists are trained to identify and treat hearing, balance, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and other auditory disorders.

As part of our comprehensive team of experts in rehab, The Summit Rehab employs a number of skilled speech-language pathologists specializing in pediatric to adult communication disorders.  Just a few of the types of disorders SLP’s are able to address are articulation and voice disorders, language disorders, auditory comprehension processing disorders, cognitive disorders, and swallowing and feeding difficulties.  SLP’s are trained to work with a wide variety of diagnoses such as autism, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, and stuttering.

What does it take to become a speech-language pathologist?  Completion of a master’s degree and to qualify for ASHA certification,  and graduation from an accredited program.  Typically, a speech-language pathologist has completed around 4 years of undergraduate college education and two years of graduate level college education with hands-on clinical training throughout.  For more information on a career in speech-language pathology, visit http://www.asha.org/Students/Planning-Your-Education-in-CSD/.

What can you do to participate in Better Speech and Hearing Month?

  • Get your hearing tested
  • Share with us how your life or the life of someone you know has been touched by a speech-language pathologist
  • Speech Therapists: Why are you excited to be a speech-language pathologist?