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The Dr. Bettie Borton Interview (Page 1 of 2)

Caregiver Thought Leader Interview
Dr. Bettie Borton
President of The Board of Directors
American Academy of Audiology


Dr Borton
Gary Barg: Can you tell me about the work of the American Academy of Audiology?

Dr. Borton: The academy is the professional membership organization for audiologists in the United States and its mission is to promote quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and research efforts.

Gary Barg: Over the years, we have heard from family caregivers who say it is more difficult to talk to a loved one about hearing loss challenges than most anything else. Why is it so difficult to communicate with our loved ones that they might need to visit an audiologist?

Dr. Borton: Gary, thatís a great question. Hearing loss is an invisible deficit. In other words, itís nothing that you can see and, in most cases, is associated with getting older. Many times the person who has the hearing impairment does not know thatóonly the person who is trying to communicate with them.

Gary Barg: Are there new technologies to ensure that your loved one with hearing loss does not become isolated?

Dr. Borton: We have a world of technology available to address so many different issues and the telephone is a classic example. We have captioned telephones that are linked to the Internet and can transcribe an incoming conversation almost in real time, so thatís a wonderful thing. The telephone represents a difficult medium for people with moderately severe to severe hearing loss because thereís no visual input.  

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