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Frequently Asked Questions
An audiologist is a licensed and qualified professional who identifies, assesses, and manages problems relating to hearing, balance, and other neural systems. Ear damage, mild to severe hearing loss brought on by age, tinnitus – these are examples of an audiologist’s areas of expertise. An audiologist typically does not deal with surgery, and auditory issues that stem from issues pertaining to other parts of the body and require patients to go under the knife, are referred to an ENT (ear, nose, throat) specialist.
- Administer hearing tests
- Fit patients with hearing aids
- Offer support and counseling to people suffering from hearing loss
- Treat balance disorders and ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Audiologist vs. Ear doctor
Both audiologists and otologists specialize in ear health, and both may work side-by-side to best serve a patient. Unlike audiologists, otologists help patients whose ear health signifies a deeper issue that needs to be treated surgically. Audiologists on the other hand identify and treat hearing loss, tinnitus, and other balance disorders by fitting patients with hearing aids. They also provide counseling to help patients set the right goals and cope with their hearing loss.
Audiologist vs. Audiometrists
An audiometrist is someone who is trained to administer hearing tests or “audiometric screening” to establish a patient’s hearing levels. The results of the tests are then interpreted by an audiologist, who is trained to diagnose and treat hearing loss. In some cases, an audiologist is also an audiometrist i.e. they’re well-equipped to perform the hearing test themselves.
Audiologist vs. Hearing Aid Specialist
A hearing aid specialist is a professional who recommends and fits patients with hearing aids. They’re your go-to person when it comes to the latest hearing technology. While hearing aid specialists know all about hearing aids, and can also administer hearing tests, they’re not as knowledgeable as audiologists when it comes to the auditory system, hearing loss, or treatment of ear-related issues. Hearing aid specialists typically do not have the advanced degree that is required to become an audiologist.
Audiologists undergo extensive training before they receive their qualification. They specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and balance disorders resulting from damage to the vestibular system (the balance organ inside the inner ear). If you have trouble hearing, an audiologist is the person who is best qualified to help you.
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