16 Years Experience

Marlboro, NJ

Male, 40

I've been an audiologist for 16 years. I work with all types of patients, focusing on balance disorders, tinnitus, 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 March 21, 2020

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Does hearing loss count as a disability?

Asked by Mellie over 10 years ago

Yes...refer to the Americans with Disabilities act for more information.

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 10 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.

-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 almost 10 years ago

I've answered the other parts 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.

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 almost 10 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.

Hi, I just got my new hearing aids and there's a crackling sound so if its said its done with reshelling I shouldn't face any problem such like crackling sound right? n why would reshelling seems to have a crack on device?

Asked by Jn over 9 years ago

Perhaps the audiologist thought you just said a "cracking"....

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 about 10 years ago

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

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 about 10 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.