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What Is An Audiologist
An audiologist is a healthcare professional who specializes in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems (parts of the inner ear). 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. They have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. They conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual’s hearing and/or balance problem. Audiologists present a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment, tinnitus and balance disorders. They dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training. Audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing problem needs medical or surgical intervention.
Why should someone with hearing loss be evaluated by an Audiologist?
Audiologists hold doctoral or masters degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists are required to complete an internship and pass a demanding national competency examination. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment and provide hearing rehabilitation services.
For more information on audiologists you may visit:
- Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
- Newborn Hearing Screening
- Hearing Services and Counseling Visits
- Hearing Aids
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Ear and Hearing Protection
- Musician plugs/monitors
- Balance and Vestibular Testing
Quick Hearing Test
Answering YES to any of the following questions may mean that you have a hearing problem. Answering YES to several questions strongly suggests that a hearing check is necessary. In either case, you should request a hearing evaluation with our audiologist.
- Do you experience ringing or noises in your ears?
- Do you hear better with one ear than with the other?
- Have any of your relatives (by birth) had a hearing loss?
- Have you had any significant noise exposure at work, during recreation or in military service?
- Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant or crowded room?
- Do you sometimes feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly?
- Do you experience difficulty following dialogue in the theater?
- Do you sometimes find it difficult to understand a speaker at a public meeting or a religious service?
- Do you find yourself asking people to speak up or repeat themselves?
- Do you find men’s voices easier to understand than women’s?
- Do you experience difficulty understanding soft or whispered speech?
- Do you sometimes have difficulty understanding speech on the telephone?
- Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
- Do you feel handicapped by a hearing problem?
- Does a hearing problem cause you to visit friends, relatives, or neighbors less often than you would like?
- Does a hearing problem cause you to talk to family members less often than you would like?
- Does a hearing problem cause you to feel depressed?