Local audiologists from Specsavers participated in the Big Bang Fair at the National Exhibition Centre this month to educate young people on hearing and explain the work they do.
The event took place last month, where school students aged between 10 and 18 heard the Specsavers team talk about working as an audiologist, the issues around hearing, developing hearing aids and future developments in the industry – including direct connectivity and Bluetooth hearing aids, which play music, audio books, television and other devices directly through the hearing aids.
Inspiring young people
Paul Whitcomb, audiology director at Specsavers Hearing Centre in Southend, said: ‘It was a great experience to meet all these young people and talk to them about frequencies, decibels and wavelengths, and explain the causes of hearing loss. Not only were we able to introduce them to the idea of a career in audiology, we helped them understand the issues around hearing care and hearing loss.’
An important and growing industry
Paul adds: ‘Audiology is an important and growing industry so it’s crucial to inform and educate the next generation of potential audiology professionals and hearing aid developers.’
The team showed the participants an audiogram to help explain how they monitor hearing, as well as letting them try on hearing aids so they could experience hearing loss first hand.
The Big Bang Fair is an exhibition celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths, which aims to show young people the exciting and rewarding opportunities available in the UK and the world.