Who are Audiologists, and What do they do: Audiologists are health care professionals. They are trained to evaluate hearing loss, hearing disorder, and related problems including balance disorders, management of auditory and balance system. Audiologist is a certified expert in non-medical diagnosis, who can treat and rehabilitate individuals with hearing impairment.
An audiologist is a practitioner of audiology as a clinical profession. Audiologists are principally concerned with the identification, evaluation and management of patients with auditory and balance disorders, as well as with the prevention of hearing impairment.
According to ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association), Audiologists are experts who can help to prevent, diagnose, and treat hearing and balance disorders for people of all ages.
What do 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.
Where can I find an audiologist?
- Private practices
- Physicians’ offices
- Colleges and universities
- Rehabilitation centers, long-term and residential health care facilities
⇒ Essentials of Audiology – Stanley A. Gelfand, PhD (Book)