ASHA Polling Accompanied by New Public Service Announcement Aimed at Educating Parents on Warning Signs, Encouraging Early Treatment During Better Hearing & Speech Month
(Rockville, Md. – May 1, 2018)
Results of a new national poll released today by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month show a majority of communication professionals say parents are generally not aware of the early warning signs of communication disorders—nor do they recognize the benefits of early treatment. ASHA is releasing a new broadcast public service announcement in conjunction with the results to encourage parents to seek help if they have concerns about their child’s speech/language or hearing abilities.
According to the poll of more than 1,100 ASHA members—audiologists and speech-language pathologists—the number one barrier to early identification of communication disorders is lack of awareness about the warning signs among parents (46% said this was the case). A full 69% say parents of young children are not aware of the early warning signs of speech/language disorders—and 32% say that, on average, the symptoms of hearing loss are going undetected in children for 1 year or longer.