National Audiology Awareness and National Protect Your Hearing Month!

Audiologists are specialists in auditory and balance evaluation, treatment and management. They work with your physician to determine your hearing and balance needs. When you visit an Audiologist they listen, provide proper diagnostic results, and determine the best course of action for your specific hearing and balance needs. They are true hearing health-care professionals.

The Audiologist is the one of first professionals to see if you have diabetes or have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, along with the optometrist for vision care and diabetes educator for education on eating, exercise and glucose monitoring.  A baseline audiology evaluation of hearing and balance will provide a current picture of your hearing ability. Then the Audiologist will recommend the best future management for your hearing and balance health needs.

The Audiology Project is raising awareness around the nation with state and federal agencies about the link between diabetes, hearing loss and balance.  The Centers for Disease Control now recognizes the need for audiology services in diabetes care.

To step up your awareness this month by taking this quick quiz to determine your need to visit an Audiologist:

Also, the world is a noisier place and music via some type of headphone is found daily in people’s ears! Check out the link to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), A Noisy Planet, national campaign to increase your awareness of noise-induced hearing loss and what you can do to prevent it: