Audiologist

Audiologist

doctorofaudiology

14 Years Experience

Marlboro, NJ

Male, 37

I've been an audiologist for 14 years. I work with all types of patients, focusing on vestibular (balance) disorders and hearing aids. As I have worked in an Ear, Nose, Throat setting much of my career, I am also exposed to much of the medical side of audiology. ASK ME ANYTHING about being an audiologist.

DISCLAIMER: If you feel that you have a hearing or balance issue, please be sure to see your local ENT or audiologist. This Q&A is not designed to treat or diagnose your problems.

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Last Answer on November 10, 2017

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My Bahamas hearing aid just stopped working almost at the end of my people class. I did not hit it by accident or got it wet. Is there any way I can fix it?

Asked by Maleena over 4 years ago

I am unclear of your question.  If your hearing aid was purchased in the Bahamas but is made by an international manufacturer, you can call the manufacturer directly and find a local audiologist to address the problem.

Thanks ;) I'm 26 and waiting to be assessed for CAPD, having had (now worsened) symptoms all my life. I got through uni fine so nobody understood my complaint. An occupational therapist said I've been compensating.. like how? Thanks again!

Asked by Pam over 4 years ago

CAPD is not widely acknowledged....simply because people don't know what it is!  Best of luck!

Do you think "Therapeutic Listening" helps CAPD? :)

Asked by Pam over 4 years ago

Yes.  But you need to be on a strict program....not just "whenever" you feel like participating.

Could you tell me about auditory processing disorder please? How is it diagnosed? How common is it - undiagnosed / diagnosed and disruptive? Can it worsen over the years after a mild traumatic brain injury? Any compensativr strategy? Thanks!

Asked by Pam over 4 years ago

Loaded question, my friend!  Auditory Processing Disorders, in short, are related to how the brain processes auditory information and cues.  Some will have difficulty understanding certain sounds, while others have difficulty hearing under specific listening conditions.  Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) can be diagnosed through a battery of tests, generally lasting around 2 hours in duration.  These tests focus on different listening conditions and different stimuli and how the ears and brain work to process it.  An audiologist performs and interprets the results.  Personally, it is hard to say "how common" it is, as many who suffer with CAPD do not have tests and "live with it" through adulthood.  Testing is more common today, as parents test their kids for everything.  As a result, more children are being discovered as opposed to being called dyslexic or Attention Defecit Disorders.  Processing, as a rule, declines over the years...and TBI contributes.  TBI can affect certain areas of the brain dealing with auditory stimuli and processing of that data.

can ringing in ears be stopped

Asked by SUPERJ about 4 years ago

Alas, in most cases, the answer is no.  With the exception of a medically based tinnitus (sound in ears) that is structurally based, there is no cure for tinnitus.  90% of those who have tinnitus simply "just live with it".   Those who cannot often will benefit from tinnitus therapy.  Therapy may include the usage of a hearing aid, a device that masks tinnitus, change in diet, change in medications, accupuncture, etc.  These are not guaranteeds to work.  But again, they are TREATMENTS, not cures.

I have been told by a hearing aid sales person that a hearing aid "uses" the ear, and that if you "don't use it, you lose it". Is there any truth in this statement, or is this a "snake-oil" sales pitch?

Asked by Cam about 4 years ago

Well, hearing aids send information to the ear.  The ear then sends information to the brain.  Whether you get hearing aids or not, the ear will age.  You cannot stop this from happening if you get hearing aids.  However, auditory processing can be adversely affected without hearing aids.  If the ear and the brain are not in communcation over a period of time, auditory pathway fibers will wear down.  We try to preserve that communication with hearing aids.  So, in THAT sense, if you don't use it, you lose it.

-What are the duties and responsibilities of someone working in this occupation?
-What is your background education?
-What do you dislike about your career?

Asked by Melissa_con about 4 years ago

I've answered the other parts above....so I will focus on the "dislikes".  I think the biggest dislike is the role of audiologists in society.  We are often not considered doctors, but we are "more important" than techs.  Sometimes we are treated and thought of as techs.  We are a rather young profession, still trying to find its niche.  I wish the general population understood that we are comperable to an optometrist or that we went to school and own higher education degrees.