As a relatively new profession in the realm of medical healthcare, Audiology began in World War II when soldiers were coming back from battle with noticeably decreased hearing. Although Audiology is young when compared to other healthcare occupations such as medicine, dentistry, and optometry, it remains an important, yet unidentified, profession in healthcare. For instance, the public is well versed on the importance of having routine checks of the eyes, teeth, and overall health, yet one sense is neglected. Vital to communication, this sense is your hearing.
Swim To Hear developed from the idea that your hearing health is equally as important to your overall well-being as the health of your other senses. However, hearing loss is invisible. That is, because it is usually pain-free, develops gradually over a long period of time, and isn’t visibly noticeable to those around you, it receives little attention. An undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to many different ramifications including (but not limited to) depression or social isolation. It is especially important in children because speech and language development is dependent upon a child’s ability to hear the world around him/her.
When you have a tooth-ache, you see a dentist. Need glasses? You see an optometrist. But where do you go if you think you may have a hearing loss? Swim To Hear is dedicated to making this question an easy one to answer. Audiologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat hearing loss. Swim To Hear is committed to improving awareness of hearing loss and the help that is available through Audiologists.
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1. AGX Hearing
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3. American Academy of Audiology. http://www.howsyourhearing.com/hearingloss.html
4. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Prevalence-and-Incidence-of-Hearing-Loss-in-Adults/
5. Hearing Loss Association of America. http://www.hearingloss.org/content/understanding-hearing-loss
6. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/Pages/Default.aspx
7. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/index.html