The internet is pretty neat. That’s not an unusual statement itself, but using the internet to stay connected to the field that you’re be working in, studying in school, or personally affects you may seem unusual to many.
This post is aimed at being a starting guide to getting connected with the areas of audiology and hearing online.
Blogs and Websites
livingwithhearingloss.com – Shari Eberts is an awesome hearing loss advocate and her posts are great for anyone feeling anxious about a recent diagnosis.
hearinghealthmatters.org – This website does everything. From health, to science, to advocacy, to the business side of things, just about every topic relevant to a hearing professional or individual with hearing loss can be found here.
www.hearinglikeme.com – This Phonak-run site constantly has great posts with support and guidance for those living with hearing loss at all ages, often written by those with a wealth of personal experience.
www.hearingtracker.com/blog/ – Aside from offering a place for users to share reviews of specific hearing aids, this site also runs an excellent blog with the latest in industry news and trends, much of which will likely be interesting to those who use hearing aids as well as professionals.
getsuperhumanhearing.com/blog/ – Gianluca hasn’t been blogging for that long, but he is super thorough in his advice and guidance for those dealing with hearing loss.
www.audiologytalk.com – While their blog does a decent job at sharing the latest news in audiology, their podcast is what you should really be following. Once a month, John, Dean, and Mindy break down what’s happening in the industry and in research labs around the world.
Hearington.Wordpress.com – This blog tries to blend information, opinions, and ideas from the realms of audiology and hearing impairment. Its the best.
(Blogs are great, but it can be a hassle to try and follow many sites without relying on social media. Your best bet is to follow these sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or whatever platform you prefer to stay up to date with their latest offerings.)
Hearing Hacks (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1036749189734536/) – A neat space for individuals who wear hearing aids to share their thoughts and ideas on how to improve the devices and the lives of those with hearing loss.
Audiology Happy Hour (https://www.facebook.com/groups/AudiologyHappyHour/) – An audiologist-specific page full of discussions, rants, and raves. Sometimes discussions in the comments get a little heated, but its a great place to hear how professionals from all over feel about industry changes.
www.instagram.com/phonak/ – I’ve mostly avoided manufacturer-based content so far, but Phonak’s Instagram page is a must-follow for anyone involved personally or professionally with hearing loss.
Reddit has something for everyone, including those with an interest in hearing. The site is broken down into subreddits which can be followed when you make an account. /r/Audiology, /r/HardOfHearing, /r/Hearing, and /r/Deaf are all great for connecting with others and following news involving hearing.
Others to Follow?
Regardless of what platform you choose to use, here are some other people you should absolutely follow to stay on top of things.
Your Professional Associations – No matter your level of involvement, you should absolutely follow your national and regional associations to stay aware of what’s going on in the profession where you live.
Deaf Groups – Often, this population is ignored by those who aren’t a part of it. Following local or more wide-ranging deaf groups can help you understand their needs and concerns.
Manufacturers – Those who build hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other hearing technologies may not be the most unbiased in the content they produce, but they tend to do a good job at letting you know about the latest technologies available.
I am am audiology student who also happens to have a hearing impairment; I recognize that there aren’t a lot of us in this sliver of the Venn diagram. These areas do tend to overlap heavily, but if you feel like some of the sources I’ve shared above aren’t relevant to you that’s probably a perfectly valuable claim.
However, I do think that it is critically important for professionals (and aspiring professionals) to be aware of the questions and concerns facing those with hearing loss as well as the variety of voices out there working to help others. (In some ways, I think that the fact that these sources exist is perhaps a testament to gaps in audiology patient care.)
Additionally, if you are someone who has a hearing loss and wears hearing aids then knowing about changes happening in the industry will make you a more informed patient and improve your hearing experience.
I’m not saying that everything here will be interesting to everyone who only checks off one of the hearing impairment / hearing professional boxes, but I do think that we can be better educated if take in as much information as we can.
Are there any great content producers I’ve missed here? Probably! So let me know below and we can all benefit.