What is an audiologist?
Clinical audiologists are healthcare professionals who measure and evaluate a person's ability to hear sounds, and specialize in the treatment of people with hearing disorders. Audiologists often study and provide guidance for patients and families on the following topics:
- How language is learned and spoken
- The anatomy of the human ear, brain, and nerves
- Causes of hearing loss
- Aural rehabilitation - rehabilitation relating to the ear and hearing
- The use of hearing aids
- Lip reading and sign language techniques
Audiologists conduct hearing examinations, test for middle ear disease, treat people with balance problems, and fit hearing aids. Audiologists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:
- Inpatient rehabilitation centers
- Long-term care facilities
- Home health settings
- Private practice
Many audiologists hold a master's degree, and some hold a clinical doctorate degree in audiology. Audiologists are certified nationally through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (Certificate of Clinical Competence - Audiology, or CCC-A) or the American Academy of Audiology.