Hearing Loss Prevention
Audiologists help prevent, as well as identify and treat, hearing loss. Improvements in acoustical technology enable a child to wear in their ear a device that may produce loud ear-damaging sound without the parent's awareness. Hearing loss prevention involves counseling individuals of the damaging effects of exposure to excessively loud noise, establishing baselines of hearing capability, and providing ear protectors to shield the ear from loud noises. It also involves consulting with schools/teachers and industry on effective noise reduction methods.