Memorializing Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim May 2022, as Better Hearing and Speech Month in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 2559


MEMORIALIZING Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim
May 2022, as Better Hearing and Speech Month in the
State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
official months that are set aside to increase awareness of health
issues that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim May 2022, as Better
Hearing and Speech Month in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Each May, Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) provides
an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the
role of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) members in
providing life-altering treatment; and

WHEREAS, The theme for 2022 is "Connecting People"; the vision is to
make effective communication a human right, accessible and achievable
for all; and

WHEREAS, The American Academy of Audiology Foundation wants every
citizen to celebrate the sounds of life; this vital foundation is also
dedicated to advancing the profession of audiology and speech-language
pathologists through increased public awareness; and

WHEREAS, ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and
credentialing association for 223,000 members and affiliates who are
audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and
hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support
personnel and students; and

WHEREAS, Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing
and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment,
including hearing aids; speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify,
assess, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders; and

WHEREAS, To accomplish this mission, we must empower and support
audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and
hearing scientists through advancing science, setting standards,
fostering excellence in professional practice, and advocating for
members and those they serve; and

WHEREAS, Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are the
primary health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and
manage hearing loss, balance disorders and speech in adults and
children; and

WHEREAS, Audiologists treat all ages and types of hearing loss, the
elderly, adults, teens, children, and infants; these specialists
evaluate and diagnose hearing loss and vestibular (balance) disorders;
prescribe, fit, and dispense hearing aids and other amplification and

hearing assistance technologies; they are members of cochlear implant
teams; perform ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring; design and
implement hearing conservation programs; design and implement newborn
hearing screening programs; provide hearing rehabilitation training such
as auditory training and listening skills improvement; assess and treat
individuals, especially children, with central auditory processing
disorders; and assess and treat individuals with tinnitus (noise in the
ear, such as ringing); and

WHEREAS, Almost all types of hearing loss are treatable by an
audiologist and speech-language pathologist; most hearing loss that is
caused by nerve damage can be treated with hearing aids, assistive
listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this issue and more must be done to improve hearing health for all New
Yorkers and those affected by such hearing health issues; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim May 2022, as Better
Hearing and Speech Month in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of the State of New


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