The best part of being an Audiologist is helping people improve their quality of life. I have always been a “helper” since I was little, and I feel this “job” is exactly what I was born to do. I enjoy watching the smiles on peoples’ faces as they are able to have a conversation with their family again, and hearing the stories about their daughter’s wedding, or the vacation they took. None of their stories were about their hearing loss, because they were able to live life without the frustrations often caused by hearing loss.
I mentioned that I “help people improve their quality of life”, because it is teamwork from both myself and my patients to achieve their goals of hearing better. It is my job to help choose and program the hearing devices specific to each person’s hearing needs, and it is their job to put the devices on everyday to receive the most benefit from them. Other members of this team are the person’s family and friends. It is important to have supportive people who understand the negative emotional affects of hearing loss, and to encourage and help a person with hearing loss to get the help they need.
The best part of being an Audiologist is working together with people and their families and friends as a team, building relationships, and being a “helper”.