Better Hearing Institute

 


Better Hearing and Speech Council

Mission

The Better Hearing and Speech Council (BHSC) is a coalition of national and local organizations dedicated to promoting high quality hearing health and hearing healthcare for all residents of the United States.

Background

Since 1927 hearing health organizations across America have joined together to promote hearing loss screenings, hearing loss prevention and treatment of identified hearing problems in the month of May. With hearing loss becoming more common in the United States (now 35 million people) as younger people lose hearing due to noise exposure and the 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.

There are considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss . . . with far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.

Council Members

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology is dedicated to the advancement of practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care. Visit www.audiologist.org for more information
AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Founded in 1890, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) supports children and adults living with hearing loss to achieve independence through listening and talking with financial aid, college scholarships, education programs and materials as well as a local network of state chapters throughout the United States. Visit www.agbell.org
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org.
To access ASHA's Better Hearing and Speech Month resources visit. www.asha.org/BHSM/
Avada Hearing and Audiology Centers owns and operates over 275 locations throughout the U.S. Our organization is led and managed by a team of senior management professionals with nearly 400 years of industry experience. The Avada Protocols for the Life of a Patient, ensures that all patients receive the same high level of care from coast to coast. Since our inception, our Mission has been to serve the hearing impaired with the highest degree of professionalism, technology and service available. www.avada.com
Elite Hearing Network provides free membership to independent hearing care providers offering comprehensive support to each member that best matches their own goals and local market. Support services include competitive discounts and warranties from hearing aid manufacturers, full-service marketing support, free patient referrals, financing options, a retirement savings plan, educational opportunities to earn CEU’s, and business intelligence tools to support practice growth while maintaining the independent brand of each practice. www.elitehearingnetwork.com.
Founded in 1989 by hearing and insurance professionals, ESCO is the leading provider of loss and damage coverage for hearing instruments in the U.S.  ESCO's goal is to provide the best hearing instrument coverage and the best customer service, at the best possible price. We are proud of our commitment to our customers and the hearing industry. http://www.earserv.com/
Better hearing institute: Founded in 1973, BHI conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment. For more information on hearing loss, visit www.betterhearing.org. To take the Across America Hearing Check Challenge, visit www.hearingcheck.org. As advocates for America's ears the BHI also created and maintains a website totally dedicated to passing the hearing aid tax credit bill.
The Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation’s leading advocacy organization representing 36 million Americans with hearing loss. HLAA publishes Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions, produces the national Walk4Hearing, hosts online learning with the Hearing Loss Academy, holds monthly webinars, and advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss. HLAA has more than 200 chapters and 14 state organizations. www.hearingloss.org
Founded and managed by audiologists, HearPO® is one of the largest providers of hearing health care benefits with a network of over 2,300 provider locations nationwide.  HearPO contract base consists of Fortune 500 companies, unions, member groups and worker compensation programs providing patient leads from a pool of over 140 million people. The high standard of audiological care has established a customer satisfaction approval of over 90% for the past 10 years. www.hearpo.com.
The International Hearing Society (IHS) is a membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide. IHS members are engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and counseling patients. Founded in 1951, the Society continues to recognize the need for promoting and maintaining the highest possible standards for its members in the best interests of the hearing impaired it serves. As the membership organization for thousands of independent specialists, IHS conducts programs in competency accreditation, education and training and encourages specialty-level certification for its members.
Oticon is one of the world's oldest and largest hearing solutions manufacturers.  At Oticon, everything we do is grounded in a long-standing commitment to putting the needs of People First.  People are our starting point, Innovation is our means, Empowering people is our shared goal.  Through our comprehensive portfolio of advanced technology hearing solutions and quality professional support and service, we aim to empower more people with hearing loss to experience the benefits of the latest advances in hearing care so that they can communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively.  A core component of that empowerment is providing the knowledge people with hearing loss need to make informed decisions about hearing care and the hearing solutions they choose. www.oticonus.com
Sertoma (www.sertoma.org) and its subsidiary Hearing Charities of America (www.hearingcharities.org) seek to improve the quality of communication and life in communities throughout the U.S. by creating awareness and action.  Through scholarships, grants, programs and local campaigns with our volunteers and partners we address preventable hearing loss, support for those who need hearing health services or technology, and public access for those with hearing loss.
Sonus Hearing Care Professionals is a leading provider of hearing aid solutions, offering a wide selection of some of the best hearing aids available from the top manufacturers.  Founded in 1993, Sonus was built on the guiding principle that patients deserve the highest level of personal service. Sonus is deeply committed to providing the highest quality hearing care, services and technology. Our patient loyalty and satisfaction are among the top of the industry. www.sonus.com.

Better Hearing & Speech Month Campaign Resources (2011)

BHSM introductory letter on 2011 campaign and resources

Hearing Check Icons
Three hearing check icons are available from BHI. Simply right click and save on the desired icon, place on your website and hyperlink to www.hearingcheck.org with tagline "Hear what you've been missing. Check your hearing"

  

Media kit

Other resources
  • Online Hearing Test Study: The Validity and Reliability of the BHI Quick Hearing Check (Kochkin & Bentler, 2010)
  • Income and hearing loss study: MarkeTrak VIII: The efficacy of hearing aids in achieving compensation equity in the workplace
  • Consumer BHI Brochure: Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss
  • BHI Quick Hearing Check (paper and pencil form with NCOA study norms)