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This is My Story

Jared Young, Father, Husband, Son, Doctor of Audiology. This is my story.

I am a Utah native. I grew up in Logan, Utah. My father was a professor at Utah State University in the

special education department. I grew up in a family of 8 kids that valued relationships and education. I

served an LDS mission in Chicago where I worked with the Deaf Community for most of my mission,

which included teaching sign language classes in the public libraries, working deaf schools, and

proselyting.

When I returned I started college at Utah State and immediately started working as a sign language

interpreter for the deaf. While attending classes I took the basic audiology class and I knew that is what

I wanted to do as a profession. I felt like I understood it and I loved it. At the time I started in audiology

a bachelors degree in Communicative Disorders was required and a Masters degree in Audiology. Later

the profession of Audiology decided to “raise the bar” and require a Doctorate in Audiology, so I

returned to school to get my Doctor of Audiology degree. (It is a lot harder to go to school when you are

married, have children, and a job).

I started practicing Audiology in 2001. I worked in Oregon for one year then returned to Utah. At every

step of my career and with different locations, I have consistently loved going to work and even more I

love the people I get to meet. Now that I have been an audiologist for over 15 years I have truly

appreciated the education I received and my background because it helps me better understand and

help those who I come in contact with.

Another aspect of what makes me who I am is; I live audiology! What does that mean? It means I test

every hearing aid before I will sell it. I look at the acoustics of every room I go into. I test the sound

level of most locations I go including; church, amusement parks, ball games, stores, restaurants, etc. I

use new technology to test beyond traditional testing. I have embraced the music side of audiology with

custom headphones and hearing protection. I have used that passion to present to private companies

like Poll Sound and Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific States Steel, and musicians like the BYU music

department.

Audiology is as much a part of me as family and church and my patients know that. I like the phrase

used by hearing manufacturers. When you hear better you live better.

I had been trying to wear hearing aids for a long time, but other doctors admitted they didn’t know enough to fit my tiny canals and they referred me to Dr. Young. I am now in my third year using a completely in the ear aid, and it has been so wonderful. I never leave home without it. Dr. young is extremely helpful and inventive. He was able to put tiny tubes in the aids to keep moisture from forming deep in the ear. It has been a blessing in my life to be able to hear things like bird songs and conversations again.

Leila Ogden