Hearing Health

A previous article discussed the differing qualification, licensure, and scope of practice between hearing aid dispensers and audiologists. This article will address the process of hearing and the causes of hearing loss. The Process of Hearing Sound vibrations move through the air like waves moving across water. Hearing begins when the vibrations reach the outer ear (1), which acts to funnel the vibrations through the ear canal (2) toward the eardrum (3). The inset (bottom) shows sound vibrations interacting with the eardrum, before transferring to a series of three tiny bones in the middle ear (4). These bones further amplify …

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Hearing Health

A healthy hearing system is important because it allows us to connect with the world, but untreated hearing problems can have a devastating effect on our overall health and happiness. This is the first of a series of articles that will explore hearing health for all age groups while revealing the medical and emotional consequences of untreated hearing loss. We will also provide tips for improving your hearing and overall health. This first issue will clarify the difference between Audiologists and “hearing aid dispensers”. Subsequent issues will explore 1) age-related and noise-induced hearing loss, 2) the consequences of untreated hearing …

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