Hearing health nurses in Lobe clinics

March 9, 2016 by David Tremblay-Deschênes
To expand the range of services provided to the public, hearing health nurses are joining the Lobe network of clinics, with the ENT specialists, audiologists, audioprosthetists, speech-language pathologists, and specialized educators that also practise in the clinics.

In general, these nurses are recognized for their human and holistic approach. They are central to care, and their presence ensures a unique experience. Plus, their knowledge allows them to offer a wide range of healthcare services. Their practice is basically divided into two main activities: health promotion and disease prevention. For instance, they take part in chronic disease follow-up and raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The roles of hearing health nurses

Hearing health nurses have three main roles. First of all, they screen the hearing of elderly people and workers who experience a lot of noise. If the screening results raise doubts about a person’s hearing, the nurse will refer him or her to an ENT specialist or audiologist.

Second of all, hearing health nurses provide counselling. They can suggest the hearing protection best suited for the patient, according to his or her work. They can also make imprints of the auditory canal for the manufacture of customized hearing protectors, deliver them to the worker, and give advice on how to put them on and clean them.

Lastly, hearing health nurses run awareness activities. These include group gatherings such as information booths and visits to retirement homes, individual meetings in clinics, and free talks during targeted events.

Did you know?

Repeated exposure to noise causes irreversible damage to the cochlea’s cells, which can lead to permanent deafness that may or may not be linked to tinnitus. The risk varies according to exposure duration, sound intensity, and genetic vulnerability. People in some professions run a greater risk, namely musicians, mechanics, factory workers, machinists, dentists, restaurant and bar employees, teachers, early childhood educators, and construction workers.

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