What Is An Audiologist?

Audiology is the study of hearing, hearing disorders, and habilitation/rehabilitation for individuals who have hearing loss. It encompasses the study of how the hearing mechanism works; the assessment of hearing; hearing and listening disorders; and the rehabilitation of individuals who have hearing loss.

Audiologists have master's and/or doctoral degrees from accredited colleges or universities. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association awards a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology ASHA-certified audiologists use the designator, "CCC-A" after their degree. The ASHA-CCC-A indicates that this audiologist has met national requirements and attained the highest level of preparation for audiology.

The practice of Audiology includes:

  • Identification, assessment, diagnosis management, and interpretation of test results related to disorders of human hearing, balance, and other neural systems.
  • Otoscopic examinations and external ear canal management such as cerumen (earwax) removal.
  • Conducting tests of hearing, balance and neural system dysfunction.
  • Conducting and supervising newborn hearing screening programs.
  • Measurement and interpretation of tests for neurophysiologic intra-operative monitoring and cranial nerve assessment.
  • Provision of hearing care including selecting, evaluating, fitting, facilitating adjustment to, and dispensing:
  1. Hearing aids
  2. Cochlear implants
  3. Sensory aids
  4. Hearing assertive devices
  5. Alerting systems
  6. Telecommunication systems
  7. Captioning devices