Speech & Hearing Fun Facts

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We have composed some eye-opening facts to share with you. The purpose of these facts is to bring awareness to these disorders, which will hopefully result in better treatment and outcomes for those with these conditions. Enjoy!

Speech and Language Disorders Statistical, Interesting, and Fun Facts

Many researchers have concluded that speech and language disorders are a high-incidence disability. Most readers wouldn’t believe that more than 6 million people in America have a language disorder. After much research, experts have concluded that the prevention of these types of disorders starts at birth. In order to ensure that a child does not develop a language impairment, he/she must be exposed to proper speaking skills as early as six months of age.


  • A large study found that some children with language disorders were also battling conditions like anxiety, conduct disorder, and ADHD.
  • Approximately 70 million people or 1 percent of the worldwide population stutter.
  • Males are more likely to stutter as compared to females.
  • If a child is suffering from a language disorder, he/she is likely to have difficulty in reading and mathematics throughout elementary school.


  • Parents should understand that teaching your child two languages at the same time or bilingualism may result in language delays.
  • Language disorders cost the United States at least $154 billion per a year.
  • Over 97 percent of speech therapists are women.


  • Most children can comprehend more than 10,000 words by the time they enter first grade.
  • Sorry guys, but researchers Seyda Özçalskan and Susan Goldin-Meadow have shown that boys produce their first words and sentences later than girls.
  • Some animals like elephants and parrots can mimic the sound of human language, but other living creatures are not vocal learners.

Hearing Disorder Statistical, Interesting, and Fun Facts

While many people understand that the primary cause of auditory problems is exposure to constant noise, most Americans are unaware that it’s the third most prevalent physical condition in the United States. In fact, the majority of people with auditory problems are not even 65 yet. Once you truly understand the effects of sounds on hearing, you’ll probably think twice before playing loud music, sitting next to speakers at concerts, and being in noisy environments.


  • In the United States, roughly 2 to 3 of every 1,000 babies are born with an auditory problem in at least one ear.
  • Roughly 15 percent of children between 6 and 19 have some sort of auditory problem.
  • About 60 percent of those with auditory disorders are in the workforce or educational settings.
  • According to much research, approximately 37 percent of kids who are suffering from auditory problems fail at least one grade.


  • Many anthropologists and other experts have used earwax to examine mankind’s early migratory patterns.
  • Due to their keen sense of hearing, the French placed parrots on the Eiffel Tower to listen out for the enemy aircraft during World War I. When these special winged friends heard the enemy aircraft approaching, they would quickly alert the Frenchmen of the imminent danger. The human ear would not have been able to hear this danger approaching in a timely manner.


  • Did you know that not all animals hear with their ears? Most insects are able to detect sounds through the small hairs on their body whereas snakes pick up sounds by using their jawbones.
  • During the course of a lifetime, your outer ear will gradually continue to grow.
  • The next time you enjoy some delicious M&Ms remember that your middle ear is about the size of this small candy.

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