What Is An Audiologist?

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.

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.

Audiologist:

  • 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)
  • Audiologists treat all ages and types of hearing loss: the elderly, adults, teens, children, and infants
  • Almost all types of hearing loss are treatable by an audiologist
  • Most hearing loss that is caused by nerve damage can be treated by an audiologist with hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation
  • 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
  • Most audiologists earn a doctor of audiology (AuD) degree. Some audiologists earn a doctor of philosophy (PhD) or doctor of science (ScD) degree in the hearing and balance sciences
  • Audiologists must be licensed or registered for practice in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico