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About Me & Why I’m Blogging

A bit of info about me: I am part deaf, part geek, part girl.

Reason for this blog: I’ve recently been diagnosed with a progressive hearing loss condition & I’m taking each day as it comes. Everything becomes that much trickier, but that’s life I guess.

The one thing which has shocked me enormously since all this began is the ignorance & (to be frank) rudeness from *some* audiologists. I’ve experienced a little of this myself & know many who have suffered more. You’d really hope audiologists to be the least prejudiced & most understanding on hearing loss issues. A friend suggested I write a blog to get it off my chest.

Audiologists are very welcome to comment on here. I’m sure there are plenty of wonderful audiologists around (by the law of averages..). Posts will be anonymous as I have no intention of bullying or attacking anyone. No haters are allowed on my blog! I simply want to highlight some stuff which shouldn’t be going on. I also want to protect contributors: I know people who have been afraid to complain…

4 Comments »

  1. What did they do exactly?

    Is it the case that they don’t trust their patients? I know this is no excuse …

    Tell us more!

    Comment by NKPA — December 2, 2010 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

    • Hi NKPA, thanks for your comment šŸ™‚ –are you hearing or hard of hearing?

      I’m currently getting some stories together to start posting about specific events– such problems are often down to general ignorance, many audiologists don’t seem to have a clue about or care about the realities of hearing loss and what hearing aid wearers need, let alone how they feel. This really is a shame as going deaf can be terrifying and also extremely isolating (if the very people who are supposed to be experts in hearing loss make you feel stupid or ignore you and tell you that you shouldn’t get more help having your h.aids set up properly it can make everything so much worse…).

      Comment by partdeafpartgeekpartgirl — December 2, 2010 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  2. These issues are not solely the preserve of audiologists. Members of other medical professions have problems understanding equipment and their patients needs. I have also heard many people complaining about lack of understanding from their GP.

    My perspective on (and limited experience of) these issues revolves around the equipment. It is always the item of technology that is ‘faulty’. Many problems are sorted by basic and obvious fault-finding.

    It is good that you are raising these issues and I hope that good comes of it. If this blog was linked to general blogs or the sites of other professions, it might encourage these people also to improve the way they deal with things.

    Comment by DGT — December 5, 2010 @ 12:21 am | Reply

    • Hi DGT, thank you for your comment. I know you must be right about some medical professionals getting things wrong in all kinds of areas.
      Not knowing how to use the equipment is a universal given. In this situation the tragedy of an audiologist not setting up a h.aid correctly is (as Dale pointed out in a comment after my 3rd post) the enormous difference to the quality of life of a hearing impaired person.
      Even if the staff are excellently trained to use the equipment, it will still take more than one visit to get it set-up correctly in accordance with to the real-world experiences of the h.aid wearer.
      An ENORMOUS problem other than not being able to use the equipment properly (although this is a problem) is the ignorance of some audiologists towards the hearing impaired. I’ll give some examples in my next post šŸ™‚
      Btw, I’m hoping to start linking to other blogs after I’ve become a little more familiar with wordpress!

      Comment by partdeafpartgeekpartgirl — December 5, 2010 @ 4:14 pm | Reply


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