To put it simply – Audiology is the science of hearing
An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss. Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees in the identification, treatment and prevention of hearing loss for people of all ages. By virtue of their education, they are considered to be the most qualified professional to assess and make a non-medical diagnosis (e.g. type and severity) of hearing impairment. They can assist the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician in identifying certain pathologies of the ear and auditory system.
An Audiologist will conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation, explain your hearing condition to you and will refer for medical treatment if necessary. Audiologists prescribe, fit and dispense hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, if needed.
An Audiologist will advise you if hearing aids are recommended for your hearing loss and has the advanced education needed to prescribe and fit today’s high technology hearing instruments with the precision these devices require.