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Will Technology Help or Hurt Audiology?

Thursday, January 25, 2018 10:16:52 AM Australia/Melbourne

Will Technology Help or Hurt Audiology?Broken record time, but bear with us… technology is taking over. If this is news to you, we are A) jealous of wherever you’ve been for the last ten years, sounds peaceful, and B) confused as to how you’ve missed the monumental shifts in the ways that we live our lives. It’s comedic to think that there was a time when movies depicted scenarios around smart houses and modes of travel that didn’t include the ground. Now, these situations are reality. In some areas of our culture, this is a huge assist. We can get medicine to those who need it, faster. We can alert family members of health and safety impediments, easier. We can communicate around the world at the speed of light, providing important awareness to those who may not have been privy to it previously.


But some are beginning to think that technology may be more of a hindrance in our day-to-day lives. This was apparent at CES 2018, an important event for members of ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association). There were 218 attendees that included staff and executives working in product development and design, marketing, sales, healthcare, education and information technology.


Of this audience, 87% believe that our younger generations are spending too much time in and on different technologies. A whopping 74% feel that popular technologies are negatively impeding communication and social interaction, regardless of age. Finally, more than 80% of attendees believe that the industry of audiology is not doing as much as they can to limit the impact of technology or any of the negative effects that it’s having on our younger and younger generations.


Here are some of their biggest takeaways:

  • Repeated misuse of personal technology at loud or amplified volumes can permanently damage children’s hearing.
  • Excessive device use has increasingly replaced both human interaction and in-person conversation.
  • If these issues are left unattended, widespread tech overuse could serve as a “time bomb” that could irreparably damage communication skills long-term.


The problem is a lack of patience. Verbal exchanges like listening, reading, talking and interacting as dependent on adequate time. But these verbal exchanges lead to both soft skills and hard skills that are necessary for our younger generations to grow up and proactively improve the world that we live in. These events and these surveys are important gut checks to remind us that technology can’t be the end-all for each and every one of our problems.


That’s why groups like ASHA are piloting and championing initiatives like digital diets. Hearlink is in full support of work like this. We encourage our valued customers and patients to check out our site, get educated on hearing aids and training tools, but then turn back to the real world. Take an hour out of your day to really connect with those around you. There simply is no technological substitute for something like a smile or a hug.


Questions? Comments? Give us a shout. We would love to hear from you.

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Hearlink Admin