What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are professionals who specialize in evaluating and treating infants through adults who have hearing loss.

An audiologist

  • holds a graduate degree in audiology (master’s or doctorate),
  • has completed a clinical internship,
  • passed a comprehensive national standardized examination,
  • has professional credentials,
  • and is licensed in nearly every state.

Audiologists dispense and service hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness and provide hearing and balance rehabilitation training.

Most people with hearing loss can benefit greatly from hearing aids. Our audiologists can advise you if they are recommended for your hearing loss. Hearing aids alone may not be an instant answer to your hearing problems. They should be part of a program of hearing rehabilitation that includes complete testing, careful counseling, instruction and follow-up visits.

Today’s hearing aids are much more complex (and potentially useful) than those that were available in the past. The new hearing aids are designed to allow close matching to each individual’s specific hearing loss. Selecting the appropriate model in each case and setting it up correctly requires a complete understanding of your loss. This understanding, derived from years of highly specialized graduate-school training, forms the basis for proper diagnosis, and is what makes audiologists uniquely qualified hearing health care providers.

Audiologists also specialize in counseling and rehabilitation. Expert counseling – before and after you obtain your aids – is vital to your success with hearing aids, as it takes time to adjust to amplification. Furthermore, there are many ways to improve the effectiveness of hearing aids. By choosing our audiologists as your hearing aid dispenser, you work with the experts for testing, fitting, and hearing rehabilitation guidance.