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What is an Audiologist

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What is an Audiologist

  1. 1. What is an Audiologist? Audiologists are healthcare professionals who assess, diagnose, manage and treat hearing and balance related disorders. They specialize in the areas of prevention, assessment, identification, and rehabilitation of hearing loss and balance disorders across all age groups, from birth to elderly. Community education regarding hearing health, evaluation, and rehabilitation may also be provided. Educational requirements include completion of a Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.), Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ph.D.), or a Masters degree. The Au.D. is slowly becoming the standard for the field. As such, the education and experience prior to practicing is more in-depth and often of greater variety. Therefore, you can have confidence in their ability to treat your hearing and balance needs. Where do they work? Audiologists have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, and therefore, can be found in many venues. These include, but are not limited to:  Otolaryngology (ENT) clinics  Other physician offices  Public/Private school systems  University and college clinics Call Us Today (562) 732 4713 Website: www.FidelityHearingCenter.com Blog: www.Hearing-Aids-Cerritos-CA.com
  2. 2.  Private practice clinics  Hospitals  Public health departments  Rehabilitation Centers  Nursing homes and Assisted living facilities Why and when should I make an appointment? If you or a member of your family suspect any issues with your hearing, such as decreased hearing, fluctuating hearing sensitivity, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), or sudden hearing loss, you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Also, if you are experiencing any difficulties with dizziness or balance issues, such as lightheadedness, vertigo (room spinning), feeling off-balanced or dizzy, make time for a visit very soon. The sooner your hearing or balance problems are diagnosed, the sooner you can resolve them! What testing will be performed? After taking a thorough case history of your health, hearing health, and balance history, your audiologist will determine what testing needs to be completed to make your diagnosis. Below are some of the evaluations that may be completed during your visit. Hearing Testing  Otoscopy – Ear canal and ear drum inspection  Tympanometry – Pressure testing of your middle ear  Otoacoustic Emissions – Objective testing of your organ of hearing (cochlea) Call Us Today (562) 732 4713 Website: www.FidelityHearingCenter.com Blog: www.Hearing-Aids-Cerritos-CA.com
  3. 3.  Pure-tone audiometry – Interactive behavioral evaluation of how you hear  Evoked Potentials testing – Objective evaluation of your hearing system Balance Testing  Vestibular evaluations evaluate your balance system in various ways. Some tests will require very little from you, and you will just sit back and relax. In others you will be more interactive, moving to various positions (e.g., sitting, lying, or standing in different positions). These evaluations may include the following: o Electronystagmography (ENG) testing o Rotational chair testing o Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential testing o Electrocochleography (ECochG) testing o Fistula Testing o Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) Testing What other services will be provided?  Management of hearing loss o Precription and fitting of hearing aids o Cochlear implant mapping and assistance o Surgical hearing and ear monitoring o Hearing conservation programs o Rehabilitation programs Call Us Today (562) 732 4713 Website: www.FidelityHearingCenter.com Blog: www.Hearing-Aids-Cerritos-CA.com
  4. 4.  Management of hearing related disorders o Auditory processing disorder (APD) evaluations o Therapy programs for APD  Management of balance disorders o Therapy or recommendation of medical management for dizziness and balance difficulties Again, if you suspect you are having any hearing or balance related issues, call for an appointment today! The sooner the better! Your audiologist will be more than happy to help you diagnose your problem and help you find solutions! Call Us Today (562) 732 4713 Website: www.FidelityHearingCenter.com Blog: www.Hearing-Aids-Cerritos-CA.com

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