Gone are the days where water wheels and steam engines were the primary source of power. Electricity took over and led the world from the first industrial revolution to the second. This new found power source, electricity, meant that systems could be improved and processes accelerated, paving the way for mass production. However, the establishment of the third revolution saw the influx of disruptive technologies, namely computerization and automation.
Speech is the auditory stimulus through which we communicate. Auditory assessment using speech is therefore of great interest in the field of speech and hearing sciences; in fact, it has a long history in the evaluation of hearing from as early as the 1800s. Auditory assessment using speech has been studied as early as 1804, but the validity and reliability of speech testing is as important today as it was then.
The audiologist can be a solitary species. Choosing to lose ourselves in our work and focus on patient care instead of the heady social life we see zooming around us. Maybe it's because we are very focused, or perhaps it's because many of us are in some ways introverted. After all, this is the path we chose and we are sticking to it.
But, if you are anything like me, when I get a chance for a little “shop talk“ with a fellow hearing health professional, that all changes and a chin will wag as much as a chin can. We love sharing the often hilarious and sometimes shocking experiences we have in our beloved profession.
The expression ‘less is more’ is not always true. In healthcare, where the output is directly related to the input, the idea that one can yield a greater output with less input is both unreasonable and illogical. In this case, ‘more is more’. But what if we flipped the script and proposed the phrase ‘more is less’. This idea, commonly known as the economies of scales, dates back to the 1700’s. This principle explains the advantages obtained when goods are purchased in large quantities and forms the basis of health care solutions for the masses.
In a time when almost everything in society is either automated or portable, why is it then that certain sectors are being left behind?
The answer to this question isn’t straightforward that’s for sure, but regardless of its nature, it’s one that needs to be addressed.
The digital age marked a time in human history when the transition from traditional industry, i.e. the Industrial Revolution, to the information technology occurred. It defined a period when information was now transferred freely and swiftly. It was the beginning of an age that would not only revolutionize how things are done but how they are shared as well.