Q: What is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)?

A: BHSM is an annual event that has taken place every May since 1927. The event was started to raise public awareness, knowledge and understanding of various forms of communication impairments including hearing and speech.

With hearing loss becoming more common as younger people lose hearing due to noise exposure and baby boomers age, Better Hearing and Speech Month has become even more important as a means of reaching those reluctant to have their hearing tested.

Q: Who is Cochlear and why are they involved with BHSM?

A: As the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, Cochlear is dedicated to bringing the gift of sound to people with moderate to profound hearing loss. Across more than 100 countries, we have helped over 450,000 people of all ages live full and active lives by reconnecting them with family, friends and community.

Few people are aware of the meaning of hearing loss, the challenges in dealing with hearing loss and the new options that are now available to help improve quality of life. Cochlear strives to raise awareness with people who may be currently struggling with their hearing aids and to show that other options do exist for those with a range of hearing loss, from moderate to profound.

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Q: What is Cochlear doing to help raise awareness for BSHM?

A: For the month of May, we work with our community, volunteers and clinic partners to help raise awareness about hearing loss in 31 days.

Q: What are the goals of the Cochlear's Million Ear Challenge?

A: The main goal for Cochlear’s Million Ear Challenge BHSM campaign is to increase the public's awareness about hearing loss and available options to restore hearing, reaching two million people through messages and stories of hope.

As a part of our Cochlear Give Back commitment, when we reached our goal with the 2017 Million Ear Challenge, we celebrated this achievement by donating to Hearing Charities of America and the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation to help support people with hearing loss.

Q: How can I get involved with the Million Ear Challenge?

A: See the Activities tabs on this website to learn ways you can get involved.

A look back at 2017!

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