If you are having difficulty understanding conversations or have been diagnosed with hearing loss, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about this professional who will be intimately involved in helping you come up with a solution that allows you to communicate more effectively.
What Credentials Do Audiologists Have?
An audiologist is a professional who specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. The Center’s Audiologists have earned an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) from an accredited university, where they received extensive training in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.
They have to complete an internship, pass a national competency examination and obtain professional certification and licensure in the state(s) where they practice. Audiologists are required to adhere to strict licensure requirements in the state(s) where they practice with regards to completion of advanced degrees, continuing education and ethical practices. Additional professional certifications are often pursued when an audiologist wishes to specialize in a particular aspect of practice or has extensive experience in the field.
Who Do Audiologists Work With?
Audiologists work with patients of all ages, treating infants, children and adults for a variety of hearing and balance problems. They work in diverse settings like hospitals, schools, clinics, universities, private practices, VA hospitals, hearing aid dispensaries and otolaryngology (ENT) offices. Audiologists are responsible for services such as:
- Fitting and dispensing hearing aids and assistive listening devices
- Administering hearing and balance tests
- Assessing candidacy for and programming implantable hearing devices (e.g., cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids, etc.)
- Counseling patients and their families on communication strategies
- Designing and implementing hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screenings
- Providing aural rehabilitation programs
- Performing ear-related surgical monitoring
Audiologists are the most qualified individuals to help you manage your hearing loss or balance disorder, and they provide an unparalleled breadth of care.
Call Center for Hearing & Speech at (314) 968-4710 for more information or to schedule an appointment.