Columbus - 
The Ohio Senate today unanimously approved designating the month of May as "Better Hearing and Speech Month". Legislation sponsored State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville), highlighted the measure's importance by explaining that an increase in awareness in communication disorders will ensure greater access to proper care. "Forty-two million Americans currently suffer from some type of communication disorder and a good portion of them are Ohio residents," said Balderson. "We owe it to our friends and neighbors to raise awareness and provide them with the resources that will help them in their daily lives." The legislation recognizes individuals living with communication disorders, as well as those who study and care for such persons. Ohio is home to more than 7,000 audiologists and speech-language pathologists who help to improve the quality of life for those living with such disorders. These professionals play a key role in providing treatment and tests to residents of all ages at community speech and hearing centers, schools, Head Start programs and nursing homes. Senate Bill 304 now heads to the Ohio House of Representation for further consideration.
Senator Balderson represents the 20th Senate District of Ohio, which is made up of Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties
 
 
 
  
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