What is Better Hearing and Speech Month?

Every May, Cochlear partners with our volunteers, clinic partners and the community to join efforts during Better Hearing and Speech Month to increase awareness of hearing health and advanced hearing solutions. With hearing loss becoming more common in young people as well as with baby boomers, Better Hearing and Speech Month has become even more important as a means of reaching those reluctant to have their hearing tested. Few people are aware of this growing public health issue, its social and economic impact and the availability of hearing loss solutions. Cochlear is proud to bring the importance of hearing health to the forefront and fund emerging research through the Hearing Health Foundation.

About the Million Ear Challenge
The Million Ear Challenge takes place during Better Hearing and Speech Month, reflecting Cochlear's commitment to support the hearing loss community and our passion to bring the gift of sound to those with hearing loss. Through the Million Ear Challenge, Cochlear encourages the community to help us spread the word about hearing health, the importance of regular screenings and protection from prolonged noise exposure.

Cochlear Gives Back
During the 31 days of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Cochlear challenges the community help to spread the word about hearing loss to a “million ears”. When we reach our goal, Cochlear will celebrate by funding groundbreaking research through the Hearing Health Foundation to further understand hearing loss. Someday this research could benefit you or someone you know and love.

Resources for Hearing Health
Cochlear is proud to partner with leading hearing organizations to promote hearing health, support those with hearing loss and provide hearing solutions. Check out these organizations to learn more.

Aid the Silent
Aid the Silent provides HOH/deaf children/teens the tools and resources to help them find personal success by providing funds through four divisions: deaf ministry, deaf research, deaf education and deaf resources.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)
AG Bell provides support, information, resources and more to help guide young people with hearing loss and parents of young children with hearing loss. Their mission is to ensure people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

Association for Late Deafened Adults (ALDA)
ALDA supports all modes of communication and works to support the needs of late-deafened adults.

Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation (CIAF)
The mission of the CIAF is to raise awareness of how cochlear implants restore sound to the hearing impaired and to provide cochlear implant equipment to qualified applicants in need.

Ear Community
Ear Community is a warm and supportive community for individuals who were born with Microtia and Atresia, Hemifacial Microsomia, Treacher Collins Syndrome, and Goldenhar Syndrome, including varying degrees of hearing loss.

Hearing Charities of America (HCOA)
HCOA supports those who are deaf or hard of hearing through awareness, volunteerism and philanthropy. They provide resources for hearing professionals, manufacturers and individuals with hearing issues in the communities they serve.

Hearing Health Foundation (HHF)
The HHF mission is to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through groundbreaking research and to promote hearing health.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families, while working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

Songs for Sound
Songs for Sound is a charity to bridge the gap between “I think I have hearing loss” and quality hearing healthcare while increasing inclusion and opportunities for those with hearing loss and deafness.