What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. An Audiologist is a person who has a minimum of a masters or doctoral degree in Audiology. The Clinical doctorate has been the entry level degree since approximately 2008. Individuals with a Doctor of Audiology, or Au.D., have extensive training academically and clinically. Audiologists must be licensed in the state they practice and may have a certificate of clinical competence in Audiology by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, or CCC-A.
- prescribe and fit hearing aids
- bill insurances for medically necessary diagnostic testing and for hearing aids when the individual has a policy with a benefit
- perform balance assessments and may provide in-office treatment
- assist in cochlear implant programs
- perform ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring
- design and implement hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screening programs
- provide hearing rehabilitation training such as
- auditory training
- speech reading
- listening skills improvement