Learn More About the Profession of an Audiologist
October is Audiology Awareness month, and we as as audiologist at Lakeside Hearing are dedicated to increasing public awareness of audiology and educating the public on the topic.
The need for the profession of audiology is growing quickly and therefore, so is the need for audiologists. The question is often raised; What is an audiologist? An Audiologist is a hearing healthcare professional who is university trained and has earned a minimum of a Master’s degree or higher level of education that specializes in hearing-related communication disorders, physiology of speech and hearing, hearing loss, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, aural rehabilitation, and treatment of hearing loss for all ages. They typically earn a four-year undergraduate university degree followed by an additional two or three year Master’s (graduate) degree. This may be followed with a doctorate level degree (a Ph.D for those pursuing university or research positions or an Au.D. which is a clinical professional doctorate degree). Their scope of practice is quite wide and includes many aspects of care.
How do you know if you need to have your hearing checked? Here are some signs that you may have a hearing loss:
- Difficulty hearing in noisy environments such as restaurants, church, meetings.
- People “mumble” all the time
- Family and friends are having to repeat themselves when speaking with you
- You have ringing, buzzing, or rushing sound in your ears.
Hearing loss prevalence is growing due to the aging population, noisy environments and loud music, occupational noise exposure, and more. In fact, 67% of people over the age of 60 have some degree of hearing loss. According to a recent study by Siemens Hearing Instruments, teen hearing loss may be on the rise as well, with 1 in 6 teens showing hearing loss symptoms often or all of the time and nearly 9 in 10 engaged in activities that could place them at risk for hearing loss.
Audiologists can answer all your questions related to hearing and hearing loss, how to protect your hearing, how to use hearing aids, how to take care of them, what the costs are, or any other questions or concerns.
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 250-766-0294 to speak with an audiologist about your hearing needs! 🙂