The American Academy of Audiology, dedicated to increasing public awareness of audiology and the importance of hearing protection, declared October National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month.
Each year we learn more about the staggering statistics surrounding hearing loss and how it affects nearly 48 million American adults. As hearing loss has become an increasing health concern, it’s important we learn how proper education can encourage early prevention and motivate treatment.
So what can you do on a local level to boost national awareness? Here are some ways you can provide essential information to your patients:
- Organize a free hearing screening and distribute hearing loss information, as well as business information so they can follow-up post exam.
- Hold an open house at your practice. This provides a great opportunity for you and your staff to get to know your community and allows them to learn more about the services you offer.
- Encourage your staff to post about National Audiology Awareness Month through your practice’s social media, as well as their own personal accounts to share with patients, friends and family.
- Arrange a speaking engagement or brief seminar at the local library. With the increase in hearing disorders amongst school-age children, parents will be very interested to learn more about the importance of early detection.
- Use resources like Noisy Planet, targeted to parents and kids (ages 8-12) with messages about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, and download newsletters, puzzles, and tests for kids.
You’re the experts, and we want to hear from you! What are some ways that you and your practice are acknowledging National Audiology Awareness Month? Comment below.