An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has received an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program in audiology. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through adulthood.
What Does An Audiologist Do?
Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to improve persons’ involvement in important activities in their lives and better their quality of life. Audiologists’ services can help with managing issues effecting hearing and balance, including:
- Hearing Loss – Evaluate and treat hearing, balance, and tinnitus disorders.
- Hearing Aids/Assistive Technology – Select and custom-fit hearing aids and assistive technology.
- Dizziness and Balance – Evaluate and treat balance problems.
- Hearing Screening and Testing – Screen individuals to identify possible hearing disorders. Testing will confirm if a hearing loss is present and determine the kind and degree of loss.
- Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention – Explain how to protect hearing from the effects of noise.
- Tinnitus – Advise people about how to treat and cope with ringing in the ears.