Anyone is at risk of experiencing hearing loss. In fact, there is a misconception that this condition is only a result of aging. To learn more, we met with Annie Martin, an audiologist with the Clinique GOTM mobile team who told us more about the importance of hearing screenings.
The audiologist, a professional you should know
An audiologist is a health care professional who can prevent, evaluate, and treat hearing impairments and vestibular disorders. In other words, an audiologist has the expertise necessary to diagnose types of hearing loss and issue recommendations that are adapted to a client’s needs. They can also refer their client to the right resources.
In Quebec, an audiologist must have a master’s degree in audiology and be a member of the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec. The Clinique GOTM mobile team includes audiologists who can travel to the home of clients to help them with their specific hearing needs.
The importance of in-home hearing screenings
It is estimated that 33% of people aged 65 or more and 75% of people aged 85 or more experience hearing loss. Despite these figures, hearing loss is a condition that can affect anyone of any age. Occupational deafness for instance is caused by exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace. Audiologists can help anyone at risk to prevent hearing loss.
It’s important to detect hearing loss as early as possible. If it remains untreated, hearing loss can result in social isolation as well as other consequences. To diagnose and monitor hearing impairments, audiologists with the Clinique GOTM team perform in-home hearing screenings. According to Annie Martin, these tests can detect hearing loss and the audiologist can then answer their client’s questions and guide them through the process of taking care of their condition.
Who should get a hearing screening?
Anyone who is worried about their hearing should get screened. Keep in mind that a hearing screening is not a substitute for an audiological assessment because its goal is only to determine if a person’s hearing abilities are normal or not.
In the case of a positive hearing screening
When a hearing screening detects hearing loss, the next step is to undertake an audiological assessment in a soundproof booth. This test, which can be done in a private clinic or in the public health care network, will allow the professional to assess the type of hearing loss and its severity. The audiologist will then be able to issue recommendations to their client, which might include hearing aids.
For people who experience hearing loss, an audiologist is a precious ally. In fact, they can help their clients adopt communication strategies to compensate for their hearing loss. An audiologist can also help make sure a hearing aid is adapted to a client’s specific needs and help them with the process of purchasing one.
By calling upon the mobile services of Clinique GOTM, you’ll be able to meet with an audiologist in the comfort of your own home. They’ll take the time to understand your needs and will answer any question you have about your hearing!