Hearing aids find new homes in dresser drawers, as said by a local audiologist, because there is the misconception that these devices can correct hearing problems. Vision defects are corrected with the lens used in glasses, whereas another process applies to an aid. Sounds are made louder for the ears through hearing aids. Such mechanisms have no way of correcting hearing problems.

A staff at the local health unit says he firmly believes that people should know and understand hearing test results. It is important for them to know what it is that happened. It is easy for a couple to get into unnecessary conflicts if one spouse does not understand the situation of the other.

The minimum education for a clinical audiologist is a master's degree, with certification. Attained by this local health unit staff member are US and Canadian university educations resulting to a degree and diploma in education of the deaf as well as a master's degree in communications disorders. The audiologists who sell hearing aids though have no authority to make diagnoses. Individuals can source their hearing aids from them.

It is part of the local health units' programs to conduct developmental tests for children from birth to school age. A new centre will allow more kinds of hearing exams to be conducted. More people will have access to a variety of hearing assessments now, and the process for monitoring the patients will become easier. Electric equipment is used for accurate hearing tests that are conducted in testing environments comprising of a sound proof booth. There will be more space for hearing assessments not to mention more equipment.

Children can suffer from two types of hearing impairments. Congenital hearing loss is the first kind. If, for example, a pregnant woman has rubella or German measles, especially in the first three months of pregnancy, the baby might be born with a hearing problem. There are times when measles, mumps, and meningitis become childhood diseases that result to permanent hearing loss.

Should a person have the ability to choose the kind of impairment he is to live with, then the second type would be better because corrective processes can be done here. Hearing loss that is acquired through disease can worsen but this sensory neural loss can also remain static. Resulting from environmental noise can be hearing loss. Losing volume or intensity does not make it less painful.

In time, even sounds which are not as piercing can be causes for permanent damage. Usually, normal hearing will withstand 0 to 20 decibels. The unit for sound is a decibel. Understanding the loss of hearing involves four categories. The categories used for hearing loss is based on the specific decibel range requirements for a person to hear a sound, from 20 to 45 for mild cases, 45 to 65 for moderate, 65 to 90 for severe, and 90 and above for profound hearing loss. In education, clinical audiology programs are somewhat rare. Schools in Canada did not provide instruction a few years ago.

Bachelor of the Arts degrees for hearing and speech studies are available in every province.

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