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Did you know that Oberlin Hearing Care owner and audiologist Joshua Bowyer, Au.D., is also a gerontologist? It’s part of what sets us apart in serving community members just like you. Learn more about gerontology and how it can support your hearing health and overall wellness.


What Is a Gerontologist?

A gerontologist is someone who has a degree in and works in the field of gerontology, which concerns the natural process of aging. As a person grows older, many physical, mental, emotional, and social changes may occur. Understanding the potential changes — including ways aging impacts not only people but society as a whole — can help improve the quality of life among individuals and populations.


What’s the Difference Between a Geriatrician and a Gerontologist?

A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in geriatrics, the branch of medicine involving the care of older or elderly patients.

A gerontologist is not a physician, but a professional who is academically trained in the science of aging, including its effect not just on individuals but also:

  • Populations
  • Communities
  • Economies
  • Social networks
  • And more


How Does a Gerontologist Help With Everyday Living?

Gerontologists apply their knowledge of aging to find solutions that can help prevent, slow, manage, or leverage the changes that may impact the health of individuals and communities.

A gerontologist can also provide valuable patient education to help you:

  • Anticipate changes that can come with aging
  • Make decisions that help you maximize your health
  • Optimize your quality of life as you grow older

As an audiologist who’s also a gerontologist, Dr. Bowyer is able to offer a holistic approach to your and your loved ones’ hearing health care. His extensive knowledge of the aging process plays an important role in determining the best solutions for your hearing needs today and tomorrow.


When should I see a gerontologist?

Some people don’t see a gerontologist until they’re much older — in their 70s or 80s, for example — and experiencing health problems. As with most other aspects of life, however, planning ahead can play a big role in success. Seeing a gerontologist even in your 60s can potentially go a long way toward helping you age well.



Hearing your best is an important part of living your best — at every age. Do you have questions about keeping your hearing in top shape? Are you concerned about specific changes in your hearing? At Oberlin Hearing Care, we can help. Contact us today to schedule your personalized hearing consultation.