Audiologists are hearing professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders in newborn, children, and adults. Audiologists conduct a wide range of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing problem and present a range of treatment options to people with hearing impairment. Audiologists prescribe and fit hearing devices, provide hearing rehabilitation training and perform balance tests to evaluate dizziness.
Audiologists hold post graduate diplomas, masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform diagnostic hearing assessments, design and provide hearing rehabilitation and refer patients for medical or surgical treatment when required.
Audiologists can be involved in research and/or provide clinical services in hospitals, university clinics, as well as in Government and Private practice settings. Some audiologists work in hearing aid manufacturer’s offices while others practice independently with no affiliation with the manufacturers. Independent Audiologists have total freedom to provide unbiased advice regarding hearing devices.
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