When I dropped off lab coats at the cleaner this week, I was greeted by a new employee. As he unloaded my bundle he pretended to give himself a shot in the backside, and then asked me where I worked. When I replied, he cupped his ear and gave the never-gets-old response "what?!" Most people don't know what an Audiologist is. It was the first time in a long while that I didn't have to give my 10 second elevator pitch. Here's the unabridged version.
Audiologists are specialists in hearing and balance care. We diagnose and treat both hearing and balance disorders.
An Audiologist can teach you how to protect your ears by recommending, fitting and verifying the effectiveness of ear protection. Prevention of hearing loss is key. We educate on how loud is too loud and how to keep the volume down to safe levels.
An Audiologist can clean your ears. Ear wax can have an impact on your hearing. And if there is a medical concern, we always refer back to a physician.
An Audiologist can treat tinnitus. Don't let anyone tell you that tinnitus can't be helped. Anyone who has tinnitus and has not had their hearing checked should make time to do so.
An Audiologist can diagnose processing disorders. Many of us with perfect hearing can experience difficulty that can be evaluated in greater depth. We all deserve to understand the best way to learn and communicate.
An Audiologist can keep you on your feet by assessing balance. Falling has terrible consequences and fall risk can be evaluated with a plan for treatment.
An Audiologist can rehabilitate your ears. We fit amplification and all sorts of assistive devices to help with communication struggles. We can teach you how to make the most out of the hearing you have.
An Audiologist can assess from birth to adulthood. It is never too early or too late to be evaluated. When was the last time you had your ears checked?