December 3, 2010

Thick or prejudiced (or both)?

Filed under: audiologists,hearing aids — partdeafpartgeekpartgirl @ 6:00 pm
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Friend: Maybe you’d better understand these problems I’m having if you wore hearing aids too…

Audiologist: If I wore hearing aids I couldn’t do this job!

…..oh come on Mr Audiologist!! Bloody hell. What new level of ignorance is this?? Maybe if you knew how to do your job properly and set up hearing aids correctly you’d realise hearing aid wearers can (as many do) work as audiologists. Shameful.

The audiologists who wear hearing aids do tend to be better as they seem to care about their patients and have shared experiences ie they can better understand problems hearing aid wearers face (especially when the devices aren’t set up correctly…).



  1. What an idiot!–can’t see past the end of his own nose. It is true that an audiology department needs to have people with perfect hearing, but I think the majority of the work involves understanding the social implications of wearing a hearing aid and the very practical limitations that they have, plus a technical mind to deal with the technology involved. A hearing aid wearer would be able to perform all these aspects of the work much, much better than the above audiologist.

    Given that the NHS seems to employ, on the one hand, educated specialists in the medical field, and on the other hand seems to give some audiology jobs to anyone who happens to be available, it is clear that the organization recognizes that ‘audiologist’ is not a single job description. There is no excuse for an audiology department not to employ hard of hearing people, and to match them with clients who drop in for adjustments to be made to their hearing instruments.

    The bottom line is that the audiologist above will not understand the colossal difference a tiny tweak to a hearing aid can make to the quality of a deaf person’s life. The NHS must target its recruitment of staff to create a department with a variety of hearing loss types who have technical proficiency to understand how to get the best out of the equipment in individual cases.

    Comment by Dale — December 4, 2010 @ 10:02 am | Reply

    • Hi Dale, thank you for your well-articulated comments — you’ve raised some really great points. I wonder if any NHS audiologists will ever stumble their way over to this blog and learn some valuable lessons…?

      Comment by partdeafpartgeekpartgirl — December 4, 2010 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

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