Promoting Hearing Loss Prevention in Audiology Practice 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 ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
Promoting Hearing Loss Prevention in Audiology Practice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • David C. Byrne
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Christa L. Themann
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Deanna K. Meinke
    Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
  • Thais C. Morata
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Mark R. Stephenson
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Disclosure: David C. Byrne, Christa L. Themann, Deanna K. Meinke, Thais C. Morata, and Mark R. Stephenson have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: David C. Byrne, Christa L. Themann, Deanna K. Meinke, Thais C. Morata, and Mark R. Stephenson have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   December 01, 2012
Promoting Hearing Loss Prevention in Audiology Practice
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, December 2012, Vol. 13, 3-19. doi:10.1044/hcoa13.1.3
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, December 2012, Vol. 13, 3-19. doi:10.1044/hcoa13.1.3

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.

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