Who are audiologists?

Audiologists are medical professionals who provide services related to the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. They can help people who have hearing loss that is present at birth as well as people who experience hearing loss later in life.

Some of the services that audiologists are trained to provide include:
  • evaluation of hearing problems, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and balance disorders
  • screening and hearing tests to detect hearing loss and determine the severity of the loss
  • the proper fitting of hearing aids and other technology to assist people with hearing loss
  • treating dizziness and balance problems
  • education in the prevention of hearing loss
  • communication strategies for people who have hearing loss
  • balance retraining exercises for people with balance disorders
Audiologists work in hospitals, physicians' offices, rehabilition facilitities, audiology clinics and other healthcare facilities. Some audiologists work in schools or for school districts. An audiologist may be certified by an organization such as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or the American Board of Audiology, but this is not generally required.

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