An Audiologist is a licensed health care professional who treats hearing loss and balance problems. They are trained to diagnose, prevent and manage these conditions. After an extensive review of your health history and evaluating your hearing using routine testing, an audiologist can determine if your condition might be medically treatable. If your condition is not medically treatable, they will make recommendations for treatment which may include the use of hearing aids, aural rehabilitation or balance therapy.
What makes an Audiologist different?It’s their skills…
- Specialize in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems of the ear.
- Dispense, manage, and rehabilitating hearing aids and evaluate the need for and map cochlear implants.
- Counsel families through a diagnosis of hearing loss in infants and teach how to cope with hearing loss.
- Help design and implement programs like:
- personal and industrial hearing safety
- newborn hearing screening
- school hearing screening
- providing ear plugs and other hearing protection
- Evaluate peripheral vestibular disorders that originate from inner ear pathologies.
- Provide treatment for vestibular and balance disorders such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
- Work as auditory scientists in a research capacity.
What education do they require for their skills?
Audiologists are required to have a masters or doctoral degree in audiology from an accredited university. They are regulated by state licensure or registration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Minimum requirements for the degree include:
- A minimum of 75 semester hours of post-baccalaureate study
- Meeting prescribed competencies
- Passing a national exam given by Praxis Series of the Educational Testing Service
- Teaching programs that are equivalent to a minimum of 12 months of full-time, supervised experience.
Most states have continuing education and renewal requirements that must be met to remain licensed. Audiologists can also earn a certificate from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or through the American Board of Audiology (ABA).
At Manatee Ear Center, located in Bradenton, Florida, our audiologist, licensed hearing aid specialist and expertly-trained staff have the experience and education required to find the right hearing aids for you, based on the results of thorough evaluations and your lifestyle, cosmetic and budget needs. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!
Better hearing begins at Manatee Ear Center - serving Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida.