King’s Daughters proudly congratulates one of its own—audiologist Charlotte Sergent, Au.D., the Audiology/Speech Pathology Department coordinator—for recently being named audiologist of the year by the Kentucky Academy of Audiology.
The Kentucky Academy of Audiology is a professional organization with members throughout the state. There are about 150 audiologists in the state of Kentucky and about 60 in the Academy.
From simple hearing aid repairs to complex surgical monitoring procedures, audiologists provide evaluations and treatment for all age—newborns to the elderly. The function of hearing is complex and those who work with this sensory function play an important role in the healthcare system.
“Whether we lose it suddenly or gradually over time, hearing loss can leave you feeling isolated from friends and family,” Charlotte said. “It’s very rewarding to assist people with this concern.”
Charlotte is a native of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and attended Ohio University for her bachelor’s degree and Kent State for her master’s. She continued her education through online courses to obtain her doctorate of audiology through AT Still University of Health Sciences.
Audiology services at King’s Daughters are located in the Outpatient Services building and team members can be reached by calling 606.408.4648.
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
The only accurate way to determine if you have hearing loss is to have your hearing evaluated. There are a series of simple questions you can ask yourself: Do you often ask people to repeat what they have said? Do you need to turn the television or radio louder than others? Do you have trouble hearing on the telephone? Do people seem to mumble? Do you have difficulty listening to conversation when in a noisy listening environment? If you answer yes to one or more of these questions it may be time to have your hearing tested.
Will a hearing aid make me lose more hearing?
No. Hearing aids simply bring the level of loudness within a comfortable range for you. In fact, research has found that hearing aids may help preserve the ability to understand speech because they allow the sensory cells in the inner ear to stay active.
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