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What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are health care professionals who identify, assess and manage disorders of hearing, balance and other neural systems.
What does an audiologist do?
- Provide assistance to patients ranging from newborns to geriatric
- Select, fit and dispense hearing aids and assistive listening devices
- Help prevent hearing loss by providing and fitting protective hearing devices, consulting on the effects of noise on hearing and consumer education
- Aid in research pertinent to the prevention, identification, and management of hearing loss, tinnitus and balance system dysfunction
Audiologists earn a Masters degree in audiology from an accredited university. Today many audiologists have a Doctorate in Audiology (AuD). Audiologists serve a fellowship or externship year and must pass boards to receive licensing and accreditation. Further, audiologists are enrolled in continuing education credits in order to fulfill licensing requirements.
Typically, audiologists achieve certification from the national association, ASHA, as well as state licensing (Maryland State Board) to practice audiology. In addition, our audiologists stay abreast of changes in the field through the American Academy of Audiology.
If you need a hearing aid, the Hopkins Hearing audiologists have the experience and expertise to help find the right hearing aid or assistive listening device for your lifestyle and needs.