Better Hearing & Speech Month 2018 – Parents Unaware of Early Signs of Communication Disorders in Children, Experts Say

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.