October 3rd: All About Audiologists!
Hearing is a critical aspect of daily life, from communicating with a loved one to learning something new in school to recognizing the ambulance siren from down the street. Use the post below, and many more to come in October, to expand your knowledge on audiology and hearing loss.
Let’s start with the definition and scope of audiologists:
Au-di-ol-o-gists: Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.
What do audiologists do?
- evaluate and diagnose hearing loss and vestibular (balance) disorders
- prescribe, fit, and dispense hearing aids and other amplification and hearing assistance technologies
- are members of cochlear implant teams
- perform ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring
- design and implement hearing conservation programs
- design and implement newborn hearing screening programs
- provide hearing rehabilitation training such as auditory training and listening skills improvement
- assess and treat individuals, especially children, with central auditory processing disorders
- assess and treat individuals with tinnitus (noise in the ear, such as ringing)
Who do audiologists treat?
Audiologists treat all ages and types of hearing loss: the elderly, adults, teens, children, and infants.
Where do audiologists work?
Audiologists work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, private practice, ENT offices, universities, K-12 schools, government, military, and Veterans’ Administration (VA) hospitals.
Audiology is a highly recognized profession and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Careers in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Source: What is an AuD?