The text of the resolution below is as of May 1, 2002 (Passed the Senate). The resolution was not adopted.
SCON 103 ES
S. CON. RES. 103
Whereas the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that approximately 42,000,000 people in the United States suffer from a speech, voice, language, or hearing impairment;
Whereas almost 28,000,000 people in the United States suffer from hearing loss;
Whereas 1 out of every 3 people in the United States over 65 years of age suffers from hearing loss;
Whereas although more than 25,000,000 people in the United States would benefit from the use of a hearing aid, fewer than 7,000,000 people in the United States use a hearing aid;
Whereas sounds louder than 80 decibels are considered potentially dangerous and can lead to hearing loss;
Whereas the number of young children who suffer hearing loss as a result of environmental noise has increased;
Whereas every day in the United States approximately 33 babies are born with significant hearing loss;
Whereas hearing loss is the most common congenital disorder in newborns;
Whereas a delay in diagnosing a newborn’s hearing loss can affect the child’s social, emotional, and academic development;
Whereas the average age at which newborns with hearing loss are diagnosed is between 12 and 25 months;
Whereas more than 1,000,000 children received speech or language disorder services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.) during the school year ending in 1998;
Whereas children with language impairments are 4 to 5 times more likely than their peers to experience reading problems;
Whereas 10 percent of children entering the first grade have moderate to severe speech disorders, including stuttering;
Whereas stuttering affects more than 2,000,000 people in the United States;
Whereas approximately 1,000,000 people in the United States have aphasia, a language disorder inhibiting spoken communication that results from damage caused by a stroke or other traumatic injury to the language centers of the brain; and
Whereas for the last 75 years, May has been celebrated as National Better Hearing and Speech Month in order to raise awareness regarding speech, voice, language, and hearing impairments and to provide an opportunity for Federal, State, and local governments, members of the private and nonprofit sectors, speech and hearing professionals, and the people of the United States to focus on preventing, mitigating, and curing such impairments: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress--
(1) supports the goals and ideals of National Better Hearing and Speech Month;
(2) commends the 41 States that have implemented routine hearing screenings for every newborn before the newborn leaves the hospital;
(3) supports the efforts of speech and hearing professionals in their efforts to improve the speech and hearing development of children; and
(4) encourages the people of the United States to have their hearing checked regularly and to avoid environmental noise that can lead to hearing loss.
Passed the Senate May 1, 2002.
S. CON. RES. 103
Supporting the goals and ideals of National Better Hearing and Speech Month, and for other purposes.