ACCESSIBILITY

What is an Audiologist

 

If you have any difficulty hearing, it would be appropriate to see an audiologist.  Almost every hearing loss can be helped in some way, and seeing an audiologist is the first step you need to take to ensure proper treatment.

The profession of Audiology is dedicated to the diagnosis and non-medical management of hearing loss.  We use specialized equipment to accurately measure hearing, as well as figure out which part of the ear is causing the problem.  We prescribe and fit the latest hearing aid technology and work with Cochlear Implants and other implantable devices.  Audiologists refer patients to physicians when a hearing problem needs medical or surgical evaluation.  We also try to prevent hearing loss with hearing protection.  We identify young babies early who need hearing aids and cochlear implants so they can grow up with speech and spoken language.

A doctoral degree or Au.D. is required to enter the field.  Becoming a Doctor of Audiology requires four years of graduate study after college in an accredited university.  Some audiologists have Master’s degrees (M.S. or M.A.), which was the entry-level degree for the profession.  Audiologists must be licensed by their state and are required to keep up with new developments. 

Audiology is a relatively new profession.  It began after WWII through the VA system when many veterans returned home from the war with hearing loss.  Job-outlook statistics forecast “must faster than average” growth in demand for audiologists.  This means that there aren’t enough of us!  Recent rankings consistently list audiology in the top 5 careers for highest work satisfaction, job opportunities, and low stress. It is a great field for young people to consider with jobs in hospitals, medical offices, audiology practices, schools, universities, and industrial and military settings. 

We work with people of all ages, from one day old to 100 years old.