"All those things you said to me in school, I can still hear them playing in my head"

It’s Better Hearing and Speech Month—a perfect time to acknowledge speech-language pathologists and audiologists for what they do to ensure students have the resources and tools to do well in school and in life.

This year’s theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection,” and it pretty much sums up the role these specialized instructional support personnel play in the lives of children with speech language impairment or deafness.

Out of every 1,000 school-age children, 131 have some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Health Interview Survey. While most people who develop hearing loss are 60 or older, 15 to 18 percent of those with hearing loss developed it from birth through age 19.