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The Next Generation of Audiology Students- Part II

Friday, March 16, 2018 9:28:43 AM Australia/Melbourne

The Next Generation of Audiology Students- Part IIWelcome back to the Hearlink blog. We’re delighted to have you with us, whether this is your first visit or you’re a regular guest. Consider us your one-stop shop for all things audiology, including helpful information about navigating your journey with hearing loss. In our last post, we began to look at things from a different angle – specifically, that of an audiology student.

 

She had just chosen audiology as a path in 2013, when the industry was booming and receiving notable accolades as the career path to choose. In the four years that followed, she learned that this career path would be quite as simple as she had previously thought.

 

Let’s talk through the unexpected challenges that she ran into. Many new giants came on the scene, like Costco, and legislation like the US’ Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act. These effectively removed audiologists as a stepping stone in the process, but also meant that those impacted by hearing loss may not fully understand their symptoms or a treatment plan.

 

This particular student writes, “the recent legislation and the introduction of over-the-counter hearing solutions may have caused some concern over how audiologists can maintain their jobs and for us (soon-to-be-graduates), how to find a job. However, this can be a good time for audiologists to remodel our delivery of care and show consumers the patient-centred and evidence-based side of audiology.”

 

But as you probably know, there are many facets to audiology besides general hearing loss. Audiologists remain the experts in tinnitus management and its rehabilitation. Other areas that we don’t need to worry about include paediatric audiology, vestibular evaluation and implantable devices. Implantable devices specifically run such a vast gamut, dependent on the needs of the patient, that it’s a difficult area to automate or take away the human connection about. Another fourth-year student in the program agrees. “Aural rehabilitation and management will always be needed,” says Imari Greaves. “There is a lot of room for meaningful work, which will make our careers less stressful.”

 

It’s the meaningful work piece of this that remains a common theme with audiology students. They got into this field because they believe in what they’re doing and the positive effects that it will have on the world around them.

 

It’s also the positive advancements in the future, and the role in them that they play, that spurs these students on. Yes, half of audiology is treatment and rehabilitation, but there is also a good portion of it dedicated to research and innovation. Just in the four years that these students studied, hearing aids became wireless. Then they became rechargeable. Now, they’re even made for the iPhone!

 

The moral of the story is that as with any course of study, there are ups and downs for those in audiology. But they’re a brave and bright bunch, and with them the future of audiology is in safe hands. This is something that Hearlink strongly believes in, and we’re excited to play a role in nurturing the next generation of experts.

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Hearlink Admin