Who is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Those hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, as well as interpersonal skills to counsel and guide patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of hearing and balance disorders, leading to improved outcomes and a higher quality of life.
What does an Audiologist do?
- Evaluate and treat tinnitus, and hearing and balance disorders
- An audiologist will use a wide variety of instruments to test patients’ hearing and balance, determine the extent of hearing loss, and identify the underlying cause.
- Program and manage cochlear implant technology and other implantable devices
- Select, program and custom-fit hearing aids and other assistive hearing technology
- Measure the effectiveness of hearing aids and other assistive technologies
- Provide counseling and education about hearing and balance disorders, hearing loss and the prevention of hearing loss
Requirements for Licensing
- Earn a doctor of audiology degree
- Obtain a passing score on the National certification exam
- Earn 10 hours of continuing education annually