What is an Audiologist?

An Audiologist is a professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss and other ear related disorders. Audiologists evaluate infants, children, and adults and are trained to refer patients to physicians when a hearing problem needs medical or surgical intervention. Audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing problem. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.

WHERE DOES AN AUDIOLOGIST WORK?
An Audiologist usually works in a private practice, otolaryngologist’s offices, hospitals, nursing homes, public and private schools, universities, and speech and hearing centers.

WHY SHOULD SOMEONE BE EVALUATED BY AN AUDIOLOGIST?
Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from an accredited university graduate program. Audiologists are required to complete a full-time internship and pass a national competency examination. Due to their extensive education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, dispense hearing aids, and refer patients for medical treatment as needed.