October is National Audiology Awareness Month. The American Academy of Audiology started Audiology Awareness Month in 2008 as a means of bringing awareness to hearing health and the importance of hearing protection.
Who Are Audiologist?
Audiology Awareness Month also serves to educate the public about the role of audiologists when it comes to hearing healthcare. Audiologists are health care professionals who are licensed to evaluate, diagnose and treat hearing loss and balance disorders. We as Audiologists have a valuable and varied role in treating the hearing health of people of all ages, from the very young to the very old. We perform hearing evaluations, fit hearing aids, evaluate tinnitus and diagnose dizziness and auditory processing disorders.
What You Can Do
Go get your ears checked! We live in a very noisy world, and the statistics surrounding hearing loss are actually quite shocking. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 37.5 million people in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss. Sadly, studies show that a majority of people with hearing loss wait to seek treatment after noticing the issue for up to 7-10 years. By that time, hearing generally worsens dramatically.
Dr. Jennifer Sowards sits with Brittany Murphy and Jordyn Jagolinzer to discuss Audiology Awareness Month and upcoming events this month.