Whilst our ENT colleagues have scrambled to the coronavirus ‘call to arms’ and taken the ultimate risk, for many audiologists and audiology services the threat of this global virus presents some different challenges.
Whilst social isolation is a scary thought for many, the prospect of being alone and unable to hear makes the idea even more daunting - though this is not something most would consider, it is at the heart of what audiologists try to prevent. It’s a stark choice to consider life over quality of life.
In these times of social distancing, many independent hearing aid audiologists have had to close their doors to protect the public, and for an unknown period of time. I applaud the sacrifice to their livelihoods and business to put their civic-duty and protection of their clients and families before any profit lines. I know many are now supporting their communities through other means.
Equally, as a UK NHS audiologist, we should acknowledge the roles the NHS audiologists are redeploying into, supporting colleagues across the health system. Whilst many continue to provide ‘urgent’ audiological care, many others are taking roles well outside of what they ‘signed up’ for. I’m proud to be a member such a flexible and responsible profession.
We will come through this, rebuild and support each other. Stay Safe.