Jerry went from working as a sound engineer in the music industry to becoming an audiologist. Here, he talks about advances in hearing aid technology and how it's caught up with the music industry since he first started on his new career path.
How to become an Audiologist.
This is Jerry’s story:
In short… finish high school, join a rock band (“get it out of your system”), tour for about 14 years (sometimes it takes years to “get it out of your system”), realize it is out of your system (as you end up driving a 5 ton truck more than playing music), go back to university and become an Audiologist.
In all seriousness, my time in the music industry, as both a musician and a sound engineer, provided me with invaluable experience and knowledge on sound and acoustics.
In fact, when I was in my Audiology program at SUNY Buffalo, I was amazed to find the hearing aid industry so far behind in digital sound technology compared to the music industry.
The hearing industry standard was still analogue technology despite some interesting digital hearing aids that were beginning to emerge like the Esoniq 13 band (wide band) equalizer circuit. Having been in the music industry, I was accustomed to using 48 channel sound boards with multiple effects, compression, and 50 band equalizers!
Why wasn't the hearing aid industry using this technology?
Well let’s think about it. All my sound equipment plugged into large power cables that run off of A/C current. It is not as easy to run this type of powerful digital technology off of D/C current, like a hearing aid battery.
Who would buy a hearing aid with a large battery that lasted only a day or two? Alas!
Times have changed.
Fortunately, today the hearing aid industry has developed some of the most amazing digital technology with very good battery life. We have caught up to the music industry and surpassed in many areas that are special to hearing aid end users.
This change from analogue to complicated digital circuit has happened rather quickly over the last 10-15 years, which has caused some growing pains. That may be the next discussion around the hot stove!
Cheers! (mugs clink!)