An audiologist is a trained health care professional who provides patient care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis and evidence based treatment of hearing, balance and other auditory disorders in people of all ages. Though they work in tandem with primary care physicians and ENT physicians, audiologists are the primary health care professionals who evaluate hearing problems. Audiologists may work in health care facilities that include hospitals, private practice medical offices or independent audiology clinics. They may also be employed by educational institutions or government agencies.
Audiologists may have either a master’s degree in audiology or a Doctorate of Audiology; however, the Doctorate of Audiology degree replaced the master’s degree in 2007 as the entry level degree in the United States. In 2012, it was decided that audiologists must have a doctorate degree to receive national certification to practice.
In addition to hearing and balance testing, audiologists may also perform many other tasks that include the following:
- Prescribing, fitting and dispensing hearing aids, other amplification devices and hearing technologies.
- Being members of cochlear implant teams.
- Performing ear or hearing related surgical monitoring.
- Designing and implementing hearing conservation programs.
- Designing and implementing newborn hearing screenings.
- Providing hearing rehabilitation training such as auditory training and listening skills improvement.
- Assessing and treating patients, especially children, who have central auditory processing disorders.
- Assessing and treating patients with tinnitus.
Please contact our office at (717) 728-9700 to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified audiologists if you or someone you care for is experiencing hearing or balance problems.