What is an Audiologist?

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Dr. Gail Linn, Potomac Audiology

Dr. Gail Linn, Audiologist and owner of Potomac Audiology

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders in newborns, children, and adults of all ages.  Audiology, as a healthcare profession, has been consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report and CareerCast.com as a ‘best career’!  The Bureau of Labor Statistics, under the U.S. Department of Labor, projects better than average growth in the profession based on the need for audiology care across the lifespan and because of the increasing levels of technology that helps treat hearing loss.1

While most audiologists earn a doctor of audiology (AuD) degree, there are other doctoral degrees that audiologists can obtain, i.e., PhD, ScD, etc., from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.

The Audiologists can work in a variety of settings, such as: private practices, medical offices, hospitals and medical centers, universities, elementary and secondary schools, government, military, private and federal research facilities, and VA hospitals.

Audiologists are licensed to practice by the state in which they practice and some audiologists hold varying levels of general and specialty certifications, although certification is not required to practice.

Audiologists can prescribe and fit hearing aids, recommend and program implantable hearing devices, including cochlear, bone-anchored, middle ear, and auditory brainstem implants; perform ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring; design and implement hearing conservation programs and newborn hearing screening programs; provide hearing rehabilitation training such as: auditory training, speech reading, and listening skills improvement; provide dizziness and vertigo assessments and diagnose; evaluate and treat patients with tinnitus (ear noises); perform clinical and scientific research and much more.

Although the vast majority of hearing problems do not require medical or surgical intervention, audiologists are clinically and academically trained to determine those that do need medical referral. As a licensed healthcare provider, the audiologist appropriately refers patients to physicians and other non-physician providers when the patient’s history, the physical presentation, or the results of the audiological evaluation indicate the possibility of a medical or surgical problem.


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1. Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/audiologists.htm#tab-6