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Raise Awareness for Better Hearing and Speech Month with Atrium Health Navicent

Founded in 1927, Better Hearing and Speech Month is Observed Each May

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in raising awareness of communication disorders during Better Hearing and Speech Month.

At Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, patients receive help in restoring the ability to communicate following a traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological disease and other illnesses.

Trained speech-language pathologists assess patients’ speech and language abilities and implement strategies to improve patients’ ability to effectively communicate and regain their independence. For patients with swallowing disorders, speech-language pathologists help patients become able to safely eat and drink.

“For most of us, the ability to talk and eat is something we never think about. It's automatic; but for some patients who have experienced an illness or injury, it’s not that easy,” said Madison Criswell, lead Speech-Language Pathologist at Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health. “It's our goal to help patients recover their independence after being unable to safely eat and drink or effectively communicate their needs and wants. Being able to help a patient say 'I love you,' or eat their favorite food again is so rewarding."

Better Hearing and Speech Month, founded in 1927, is also an opportunity to encourage everyone to have their hearing checked and protect their hearing.

To protect your hearing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you wear earplugs or noise-cancelling earmuffs when you’re exposed to loud noises such as shooting a firearm. The CDC also suggests not using headphones for a long time. Instead, it’s recommended that you turn the volume down and take periodic breaks from the noise.

For more information about Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, visit or call (478) 201-6748.

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About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent, the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia, is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Providing more than 1,000 beds and offering care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region, Atrium Health Navicent provides care for health care consumers through an academic medical center; community, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals; urgent care centers; physician practices; diagnostic centers; home health; hospice and palliative care; and a life plan community. Atrium Health Navicent is dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit