What is an Audiologist?

what-is-an-audiologist An audiologist is a healthcare expert who specializes in treating hearing loss and balance disorders. In addition to evaluating and diagnosing hearing impairment and balance problems in adults and children, audiologists:
  • Prescribe, fit and dispense hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive listening devices.
  • Implement hearing loss prevention and newborn hearing screening programs.
  • Provide hearing and vestibular rehabilitation training.
  • Treat tinnitus, central processing disorders and other problems associated with hearing and balance.
Audiologists may also participate in research on hearing disorders, help design hearing instruments and testing equipment, and manage clinics or private practices. They work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, ENT or physician’s offices, public and private schools, colleges and universities, rehabilitation centers, private practices, long-term care facilities, government agencies, and research laboratories. Audiologists earn a doctoral degree, pass a national exam, and must be licensed or registered in order to practice.