Our ability to perceive, express, and connect as humans, is tied to our communication skills; communication through active listening, and expression/speech “is essential to learning, working, and social interaction as well as achieving and maintaining independence” (ASHA) as individuals. When our auditory or speech-language abilities are impaired, all aspects of one’s life are impacted; access to speech, language, and hearing services is essential for holistic health and functionality – the cost of these added benefits is so much less than the cost of private care.
According to research done in partnership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):
- Nearly 50 million Americans have a speech, language, or hearing disorder.
- Approximately 30 million Americans have hearing loss and half of them are under the age of 50.
- Two out of every 10 children will have some type of speech or hearing disorder.
- 1 million Americans suffer brain damage each year from strokes, accidents, or brain tumors resulting in speaking and other communication disorders.
On average, ASHA states the cost to add speech-language and auditory benefits are “less than 35 cents per member, per month“; ideal plans cover assessments, treatments, evaluation, management & devices.
To receive the maximum benefits from your provider/service – whether a speech pathologist, doctor, or massage therapist – it’s important to be as prepared as possible for your appointments. Whether bringing an additional ear/advocate, recording the session, providing prior records, or bringing questions – there are so many ways to maximize your service.
At SpeechRighter, we are committed to family consultation and communication, to ensure that all who receive services here walk away informed, and empowered. As always, if there’s anything we can do to further your experience, please let us know!