Audiologists are healthcare providers who specialize in hearing and balance disorders. They diagnose hearing loss, provide treatment and work with other healthcare providers to treat hearing loss. Audiologists also do evaluations to check for hearing loss and share information on ways to protect hearing.
Audiologists are healthcare providers with special expertise in diagnosing and treating hearing loss. Some audiologists diagnose and treat balance issues. This article focuses on audiologists who specialize in hearing loss.
Audiologists do many things to help protect your hearing and treat hearing loss. They may do evaluations to check for hearing loss or diagnose hearing loss. They may share information on ways to protect hearing. Audiologists treat hearing loss by selecting and fitting hearing aids or recommending and fitting hearing assistive devices. They’re often members of multidisciplinary teams that treat hearing loss.
There are different types of hearing loss and hearing loss causes. For example, many people will have age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). Other causes or types include:
They’re all healthcare providers who specialize in helping people with hearing issues, but each plays a different role.
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Most audiologists earn a doctor of audiology (AuD) degree. Some audiologists earn a doctor of philosophy (PhD) or doctor of science (ScD) degree in the hearing and balance sciences.
Other educational requirements include:
You may want to consult with an audiologist if:
Here’s what may happen at your first appointment with your audiologist:
If you’re having hearing issues, you may want to ask the following questions:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
Being able to hear and communicate is essential to staying connected to the world around you. Audiologists help you do that by sharing ways of protecting your hearing, and diagnosing and treating hearing loss. Many times, hearing loss happens gradually and gets worse over time. See an audiologist if you or your family have concerns about your hearing. Your primary care provider may be able to recommend an audiologist for you.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/12/2022.
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