Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center is recognizing May as Better Hearing and Speech month with a series of free hearing screenings. This month of awareness is a good time to analyze your hearing and determine if you are one of the estimated 28 million Americans who have a hearing loss that can be treated.

The screenings will take place at the following:

• 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at 5225 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at 50. E. North St.

The screenings are designed to help people identify early signs of hearing problems or hearing loss. Some of those signs include:

• Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.

• Often turning your ear toward a sound to hear it better.

• Understanding people better when you wear your glasses or look directly at their faces.

• Losing your place in group conversations.

• Keeping the volume on your radio or TV at a level that others say is too loud.

• Having pain or ringing in your ears.

“Even a very slight hearing loss can have an impact on your daily life,” said Marie Ryan, audiology supervisor for Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center. “Hearing loss is treatable, and there is no reason for anyone to miss all the important sounds of life.”

Annual hearing checkups are recommended for people over age 45 and should be conducted by an audiologist – professionals who specialize in identifying, assessing and treating hearing disorders. Audiologists can prescribe hearing aids and listening devices, and are trained to teach people with hearing loss.

For more information about the screenings, call 885-8318 or visit