Audiologists are the most highly trained healthcare professionals who diagnose hearing and balance disorders and manage those deficits which cannot be treated by surgery or medication (over 90% of all hearing loss). Audiologists identify the underlying hearing/balance pathologies which may benefit from medicine or surgery and collaborate with ENT surgeons to provide complete hearing and ear care. Audiologists evaluate patients for hearing aid candidacy and select, fit, and verify specific amplification prescriptions as part of a comprehensive and individualized rehabilitative program.
With extensive training, audiologists can extend hearing rehabilitation beyond just fitting a hearing aid. They approach their patients with both clinical and technical skills necessary to optimize success with today’s advanced and highly sophisticated hearing instruments.
Learn more about audiologists by clicking on the links below.
What is an Audiologist? Learn the scope of practice and clinical settings associated with practicing audiology.
Audiologist vs. Hearing Aid Dealer–far too many do not realize the tremendous difference in education level and ability between the two. Learn more so that you can make an educated choice.
Full Disclosure Statement: The author began his career as a Hearing Aid Dealer/Hearing Instrument Specialist (BC-H.I.S., training license) for almost 2 years (1998-1999) prior to completing his undergraduate and doctoral degrees. He received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Western Michigan University in 2003, majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology and minoring in Biological Sciences. He earned his Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from Ohio State University in 2007.