The Responsibilities of an Audiologist
What do you do when you find out that you or a loved one has hearing loss? Who can you turn to for quality hearing health care? Do you need hearing aids?
An audiologist can provide you with answers to all your hearing-related questions.
What is an audiologist?
Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing problems. They also treat patients who have dizziness and balance issues potentially related to the inner ear.
Doctors of Audiology, audiologists with a doctorate degree, can prescribe treatments and equipment, such as hearing aids, to enhance and restore hearing function.
Education and Certification
All audiologists earn a master’s degree in their field of study. Audiologists must also secure licensure from the state in which they practice. To maintain an active treatment license, audiologists must continue their educations throughout their careers and stay current on treatments and technology.
Audiologists can earn a doctorate degree by completing four additional years of coursework in physiology, anatomy, psychology, and communication development.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Audiologists treat patients with hearing or balance problems. They examine patients closely and determine the cause and severity of such problems by using sophisticated tools, such as an audiometer, to measure hearing loss.
Depending on the diagnosis, the audiologist will recommend a treatment course that may include removing earwax or using a hearing aid. Audiologists also provide patients with ways to prevent further hearing loss like lowering the volume of music or wearing ear plugs when around loud noise.
Hearing Aid Selection
Doctors of Audiology help patients select the appropriate hearing aids for their level of hearing loss. Hearing aids come in a variety of styles – they might fill the entire ear, be completely concealed in the ear canal, or hook over the top of the ear.
With the help of your audiologist, you’ll find the best hearing aid style to meet your lifestyle and unique hearing profile. The audiologist will then order the hearing aids and fit the hearing devices properly so they’re both comfortable and working properly.
At Audio Help in NYC and Scarsdale, NY, our team of audiologists provides the best hearing solutions to our patients. We have 4 state-of-the-art offices and speak 6 languages, ensuring we can assist patients from all backgrounds.