Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.
- 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.