Audiology isn’t Sarah Sparks’s first career, Healthy Hearing reports.
But her previous one “did not feel to me as though it was my permanent calling in life,” she told interviewer Medeleine Burry. She spent some time soul searching for more fulfilling work — and that led her to audiology.
“I was thinking about how I had never seen an audiologist myself who knew enough ASL to communicate with me in ASL,” says Sparks, who is a graduate of Gallaudet University’s Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program. It means a lot when an audiologist sees someone who can communicate with them fully in sign language, she says.
“Over time, it became clear to me that audiology would be a career pathway where I would be able to explore those questions and make a real difference in some of those issues, too,” she says.
Deaf and hard of hearing audiologists have distinct advantages, Sparks says.
“We’re able to provide empathy for the people that we’re working with,” she says.