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Health Library : Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 

Audiologist

What is an audiologist?

Clinical audiologists are health care professionals who measure and evaluate a person's ability to hear sounds, and specialize in the treatment of people with hearing disorders. Audiologists often study and provide guidance for patients and families on the following topics:

  • How language is learned and spoken
  • The anatomy of the human ear, brain, and nerves
  • Causes of hearing loss
  • Aural rehabilitation. This involves techniques for the hearing impaired to improve speaking and communication. 
  • The use of hearing aids
  • Lip reading and sign language techniques

Audiologists conduct hearing examinations, test for middle ear disease, treat people with balance problems, and fit hearing aids. Audiologists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient rehabilitation centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home health settings
  • Schools
  • Private practice
  • State and federal government agencies
  • Community clinics. These include community hearing and speech centers.
  • Colleges and universities

Many audiologists hold a master's degree and some hold a clinical doctorate degree in audiology. Audiologists are certified nationally through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (Certificate of Clinical Competence - Audiology, or CCC-A) or the American Academy of Audiology.

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