Deaf Direct Newsletter 10.07.2015 – The BAHA wearing Audiologist
|This article is taken from a blog called Little Miss Whispers “For people born with hearing loss, or for families who’ve had an unexpected introduction into the world of deafness and/or Treacher Collins Syndrome.” The blogger has asked a young, deaf, audiologist write an informal blog about her experiences with deafness and how it has impacted her work as an audiologist.
Lauren is a successful audiologist using her own experience to help others with a hearing loss. She wears Bone Anchored Hearing Aid herself. A bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is a surgically implanted hearing device that works through direct bone conduction, working independently of the ear canal and middle ear. She has a passion for helping young adults with hearing loss. Her story gives an honest and interesting first-person account on deafness as a young adult.
“…In audiology we look after children very well and we look after older people very well. I’m not so sure about how well we look after young adults with a hearing loss or a hearing aid. Just because someone can retain information and understands what they are told, it does not mean that they are going to get on well with a hearing aid or that it is something they are happy about. Maybe a little more support for young adults is essential in audiology. Hearing aids aren’t like glasses, they aren’t the norm for people my age…”