Hearing health remains an intrinsically important component of women’s health. So once again, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is joining with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) as a 2011 Partner in promoting National Women’s Health Week. And we’re encouraging hearing health professionals across the country to take part as well.
National Women’s Health Week is a week-long observance to empower women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.
National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 8, and is celebrated until May 14. National Women’s Checkup Day is on Monday, May 9.
More than 10 million women in America suffer from unaddressed hearing loss. Not only does unaddressed hearing loss affect women’s quality of life and well being, but it also affects how well they communicate with their healthcare providers. The ability to clearly hear the doctor’s directions is critical to medical outcomes. What’s more, women assume many important roles in our society. How well they hear affects their safety and how well they can communicate and manage their many responsibilities.
As Advocates for America’s Ears™, we feel compelled to raise awareness of the importance of hearing health to women’s overall health during National Women’s Health Week. And we are urging women nationwide to take the Across America Hearing Check Challenge on Monday, May 9, National Women’s Checkup Day—or on any other day during the week of May 8 through 14.
There are several ways you can recognize National Women’s Health Week. Here are just some ideas:
- Organize a hearing screening in your community.
- Host a health fair.
- Disseminate women’s health information
- Issue a local press release
- Send information through listservs.
- Hang posters in prominent locations such as your office, library, local mall, or church.
- Include the National Women’s Health Week Web banner on your web site.
- Encourage women in your community to take the BHI online hearing test at www.hearingcheck.org
To download materials on National Women’s Health Week, visit their website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/activity-planning/.
Also available for ordering is BHI’s Consumer Brochure with Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss. This consumer brochure is a “Call to Action” for people to address their hearing loss. It answers basic questions about hearing loss and gives people the information they need to take the first steps in addressing their hearing health.
If you do organize an event, please be sure to register it free of charge on the National Women’s Health Week web site at http://www.womenshealth.gov/WHW/my-account/sign-in.cfm. For more information please go to http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw, or contact the National Women's Health Week activity outreach coordinator, Maggie Naples, at (202) 842-3600 or at MNaples@hagersharp.com.