Over the years I’ve told a lot of people what I do for a living. A few who were not familiar with the term thought I said cardiologist. A couple have thought I said ideologist. I’m not sure what that is. Perhaps it has to do with the study of ideologies. Someone recently offered a definition to a member of my family. This person suggested that an audiologist might be someone who works with fossils. I wouldn’t touch that one with a ten-foot pole. Or even two five-foot Canadians. : ) [Read more…]
I know. Boring topic. But necessary. The way your hearing aid operates may degrade over time. Moisture, dust, perspiration, hair spray; they all can have a deleterious effect. And just like your loss of hearing in the first place, this degradation can be gradual enough that you don’t immediately notice it. One patient I saw this week provides an example. His hearing aids were not functioning properly. Fortunately, all I had to do was change the microphone filters. [Read more…]
Our family recently celebrated my daughter’s birthday by going to a Chinese restaurant. At the end of a nice meal I opened my fortune cookie to find the following saying:
“By listening, one will learn truths. By hearing, one will only learn half truths.”
This tells me that people with hearing loss can’t lean entirely on their hearing devices. Sure, that properly adjusted hearing device plays a huge role in better hearing. But better hearing leads to better communication only when you listen. Use your brain. It’s a gift from God. And like many of His gifts, the more you use it, the better it works
One thing I love about helping people hear better is that everyone is different. I enjoy listening to each unique story when I first meet a new client. A lady I met yesterday is 95 years old and still spry. (Do you have to be old to be spry?) She was using rudimentary technology that did not allow her to meet her hearing goals. She’s been wearing her hearing aids intermittently as a result.
We audiologists often focus on the audiogram or on other test results that are in front of us. Test results are important, but her story was an equally important component in the process of discovering the sort of technology and counseling she needs in order to succeed.