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What is an Audiologist?

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An audiologist specializes in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems of the ear. They are healthcare professionals dedicated to the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss.

Audiologists have extensive training and skills in evaluating the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. They conduct a variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual’s hearing problem and present an array of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment. Audiologists use specialized equipment in sound-treated rooms to obtain accurate hearing loss results.

Some of the main things an audiologist can do for you include:

  • Perform comprehensive diagnostic hearing tests
  • Remove earwax if necessary
  • Dispense and fit hearing aids
  • Test your balance to evaluate dizziness
  • Provide hearing-rehabilitation training
  • Check for medically related hearing problems
  • Refer patients when hearing problem needs medical or surgical evaluation

Audiologists can also provide:

  • Hearing services and counseling
  • Hearing aids and assistive listening devices
  • Hearing conservation programs
  • Hearing research

Types of questions you may have that an audiologist can provide answers to include:

  • Where can I receive quality hearing health care?
  • Can my hearing loss be helped with hearing aids?
  • What are the different types of hearing loss?

Why it’s important to be evaluated by an audiologist

Audiologists have master’s or doctoral degrees with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and nonmedical treatment of hearing disorders. They are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment and provide hearing-rehabilitation services.

If you suspect you’re suffering from hearing loss, seeing an audiologist should be your first move. Please call us at our Charlottesville, VA at 434-260-8007 or at our Raleigh, NC location at 919-670-3258 today to see how we can help.