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About Audiologists

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Audiologists provide care for people of all ages and specialize in conditions related to and involving the function of the auditory (hearing) and vestibular (balance) systems.

They have expert knowledge in the treatment and prevention of various auditory and vestibular disorders and hearing impairments including auditory processing disorder (APD,) vertigo and tinnitus. Audiologists are also trained in the application and use of both cochlear implants and hearing aids. Their expertise can extend into other areas including neurology, acoustics as well as sign language.

An audiologist has the ability to prescribe and administer various tests and analysis to determine hearing loss or vestibular anomalies. Such assessments can include hearing tests, electrophysiologic tests, otoacoustic emission measurements and videonystagmography. Once they have completed their analysis, Audiologists can recommend the best options for treatment or provide referrals to appropriate practitioners for further or more targeted care.

To become an audiologist requires qualifications including an MSc in Audiology or a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Requirements vary from country to country. Audiologists work as independent practitioners and clinical audiologists in their own private practice but can also work in many environments including doctor’s offices and hospitals. There are also pediatric audiologists who treat children in schools and audiologists who work as auditory scientists in a research capacity.

While Audiologists can work independently to provide treatment, they can also work in collaboration with other related specialists including Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors (Otolaryngologists,) Family Doctors/G.P.’s, Pediatricians and Geriatricians.

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