Insights from Clayton Park’s Audiologist, Lyndsay Bozec
With a personal connection to hearing loss, Lyndsay Bozec, Owner and Registered Audiologist of the recently opened Clayton Park Audiology & Hearing Aid Centre, has a unique perspective and awareness of the ramifications of hearing loss. “It’s difficult for people to understand the obstacles and struggles associated with hearing loss until they’ve experienced it firsthand or have a loved one with hearing loss.” says Lyndsay. “I think most people with normal hearing just see hearing loss as a bit of an inconvenience for those experiencing it. What many don’t realize is how exhausting and isolating it can be.”
Lyndsay explains that audiology is a relatively young professional health field that emerged following World War II when many service people were returning with noise-induced hearing loss. Since then, Lyndsay says research on the auditory system has revealed a lot of eye-opening information. “We now have strong evidence that untreated hearing loss, even if very mild, can have an impact on brain function,” says Lyndsay. Research is also suggesting a connection between hearing loss and chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
“The significant emotional toll of hearing loss is often overlooked”, says Lyndsay. Because hearing loss typically occurs gradually and over several years many people with hearing loss don’t realize it’s the reason they are feeling tired, anxious, lonely, and depressed. “Most of us really take for granted our ability to effortlessly communicate with one another,” says Lyndsay.
Lyndsay has been practicing audiology in the Halifax Regional Municipality and has lived in Clayton Park with her family since 2014. She is a passionate advocate for hearing health awareness and hearing loss prevention. “I always knew I wanted to start my own clinic and servicing the community in which I live and am raising my children is extremely important to me.”
Clayton Park Audiology is a family centered clinic with a focus on providing high-quality care that is affordable and accessible for everyone. Lyndsay’s hope is to reach more people in the community who may benefit from her service and expertise but are a bit skeptical or nervous to take the first steps. “It is an incredibly rewarding and emotional profession. I have shared many happy and sad tears with patients and their families over the years. Lots of laughs too! I care deeply about all my patients and will always go above and beyond for them.”
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