The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), along with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), have announced their support of “Communication at Work,” the theme for this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).
According to a posting on ASHA’s website, “All consumer/public resources [related to BHSM] will now be topical to the coronavirus and will feature guidance for preventing or managing communication disorders at this challenging time.” Additionally, ASHA’s theme, “Speaking up for Communication” will run through May.
The theme is particularly relevant as many are working from home due to social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hearing loss can interfere with communication in many ways, including impairing your ability to speak or understand work-related matters with co-workers or supervisors.
In its announcement, the NIDCD outlines the dangers of noisy work environments, as well as the various disorders that can result from overexposure.
To read the announcement on the NIDCD website, please click here.