Audiology is the study of hearing and hearing-related disorders. An Audiologist is a hearing health care professional who works to prevent, identify and assess hearing loss in individuals.
Audiologists determine whether a client can hear within the normal range, and if not, the nature and severity of hearing loss. Rehabilitation of hearing loss can by administered by an Audiologist through fitting of hearing aids and/or Assistive Listening Devices. Audiologists work with a wide range of clientele from infants through to seniors.
Other areas of audiology include assessment of auditory processing disorders (i.e., the ability to listen and process instructions and information in the presence of noise), as well as aural rehabilitation whereby clients are seen in order to help them use their hearing aids, cochlear implants or assistive listening devices in order to listen and hear better with their equipment. Audiologists strive to counsel their clients in all areas of troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment, as well as counselling their clients and families in strategies to enhance all areas of listening and communication skills.
You may suffer from hearing loss.
- Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do you think others mumble or speak too softly?
- Do you often turn up the TV or radio?
- Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in a group setting?
- Do you find it difficult to tell which direction a sound has come from?
- Do you have ringing in your ears?
- Do you avoid events that you previously enjoyed due to anxiety, or embarrassment (i.e., going to church, group parties, socializing)?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it is recommended that you have your hearing tested.
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