As you may know, Daniel Pistritto is an Audiometrist at Blamey Saunders hears, and he also regularly blogs for me. I asked him five questions about his hearing journey, and he shared some poignant insights:
- How did you get into the field of hearing?
I was diagnosed with a progressive hearing impairment in my early teens. While I managed with this impairment for most of my life, in the last 15 years it got to a stage where it was impacting me not only socially but also at work. I a decision to no longer let my impairment get the better of me and decided to study Audiometry so I could help others like me.
- Why is hearing health so important?
A lot of people think (I know I did for some time) that a hearing impairment only means that sound is not as loud and so making it louder makes it all better. For some people this is true but for so many more it’s not about how loud someone’s voice is but rather how clear. The biggest hurdle that hearing impaired people face is clarity of speech which can severely hinder their basic skill of communication. Protecting your ears from loud noise is the first step to preventing this type of thing happening over time.
- What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The look on someone’s face when we first turn on their newly programmed hearing aids and they suddenly can hear all the sounds they have been missing for such a long time. I know how much I rely upon my hearing aids just to do the basic things most of us take for granted like being able to have a conversation my wife and children, so knowing that I am helping to give back to a client one of their vital means for communication is rewarding beyond measure.
- What’s the most important thing we should all know about hearing and our ears?
As we get older our hearing is likely to deteriorate, especially in frequencies vital to understanding speech. While we’re younger it is essential that we do all we can to protect our ears from loud noise so that a loss of hearing does not impact our quality of life in later years. If you’re regularly exposed to any sound louder than that of city traffic then you’re at risk of damage to your hearing and should be looking into methods of protection.
- What would you be if you weren’t an audiologist/in this industry?
I would most likely be in the I.T industry or a famous movie director!