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Promoting hearing loss prevention in audiology practice.
Byrne-DC; Themann-CL; Meinke-DK; Morata-TC; Stephenson-MR
Perspect Public Health Issues Relat Hear Balance 2012 Dec; 13(1):3-19
An audiologist should be the principal provider and advocate for all hearing loss prevention activities. Many audiologists equate hearing loss prevention with industrial audiology and occupational hearing conservation programs. However, an audiologist's involvement in hearing loss prevention should not be confined to that one particular practice setting. In addition to supervising occupational programs, audiologists are uniquely qualified to raise awareness of hearing risks, organize public health campaigns, promote healthy hearing, implement intervention programs, and monitor outcomes. For example, clinical audiologists can show clients how to use inexpensive sound level meters, noise dosimeters, or phone apps to measure noise levels, and recommend appropriate hearing protection. Audiologists should identify community events that may involve hazardous exposures and propose strategies to minimize risks to hearing. Audiologists can help shape the knowledge, beliefs, motivations, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals toward self-protection. An audiologist has the education, tools, opportunity, and strategic position to facilitate or promote hearing loss surveillance and prevention services and activities. This article highlights real-world examples of the various roles and substantial contributions audiologists can make toward hearing loss prevention goals.
Hearing-conservation; Hearing-loss; Hearing-protection; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-disorders; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Public-health
Issue of Publication
Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division