Specsavers audiologists at Chingford took part in National STEM-celebrating conference the Big Bang Fair at the National Exhibition Centre last month.
The exhibition aims to show young people the exciting and rewarding opportunities available in the UK, and audiologists from the store were in attendance to educate young people on hearing and discuss the work they do.
School students aged between 10 and 18 listened to the team talk about what an audiologist is and learn about the development of hearing aids and innovations within the industry – including the dawn of Bluetooth hearing aids and direct connectivity, which allows hearing aids to play music, audio books, television and other devices directly.
Specsavers Chingford audiology director Paul Whitcomb said: ‘Talking to the young people about frequencies, decibels and wavelengths and explaining the causes of hearing loss was a fantastic experience. We were able to introduce them to the idea of a career in audiology and helped them understand the issues around hearing care and hearing loss.’
Inspiring the next generation
Paul adds: ‘Audiology as an industry is growing enormously and it’s crucial to start inspiring the next generation of potential audiology professionals and hearing aid developers.’
Participants were shown an audiogram to help explain how they monitor hearing and were allowed to try on hearing aids to experience hearing loss first hand.