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What is an audiologist?

Find out more about the exciting career of an audiologist and opportunities in the field.

Audiologists are specialists in hearing health care and provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services to individuals with hearing problems. They work with registered nurses, audiology assistants and other professionals in health care facilities and schools.

Specifically, audiologists specialize in the:

  • Prevention
  • Detection
  • Assessment
  • Rehabilitation of hearing disorders

Many audiologists fit and dispense hearing aids and give instructions on the use and care of hearing aids and are involved in programs which monitor and help prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Audiologists also coordinate newborn hearing screening programs to identify hearing impairment at an early age and counsel patients and their families on ways to adapt to hearing loss, such as by learning to lip read or by using American Sign Language.

The career requires a doctoral degree in audiology (AuD) along with supervised clinical practice. Audiologists must be licensed by the Council on Academic Accreditation in all states; requirements vary by state.

Audiologists can earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They also may be credentialed through the American Board of Audiology.

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