Better Hearing and Speech Month

NIDCD Research is Building Connections for Better Hearing and Speech:

  • NIDCD research advances our understanding of hearing, voice, speech, and language disorders, leading to improvements in diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies.
    • At least 46 million people in the U.S. have a hearing, voice, speech, or language disorder that affects how they communicate. 
    • Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) report some trouble hearing, and this rate increases to 50% among adults 75 and older.
    • Roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders by the first grade, usually marked by difficulty pronouncing specific sounds. Stuttering (a disorder affecting speech fluency) affects approximately 5 to 10% of children in the U.S.
A man's face as he is speaking, with conceptual letters floating out of his mouth into the air. Text reads: Building Connections.


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