Understanding the role of an audiologist

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Understanding the role of an audiologist

  1. 1. Understanding the Role of an Audiologist Although the title “audiologist” may be unfamiliar to you, this health care professional has many important roles related to diagnosing and treating hearing loss or other problems related to the ears.Rather than suffering through your inability to hearconversations, difficulties with balance, or perpetual ringing inyour ears, make an appointment with an audiologist to getstarted on your path to better hearing.In most states, licensed audiologists must hold a Doctor ofAudiology (Au.D) degree, which comes after a long course ofstudy that teaches individuals about how the ears work, how totest for problems, and how to treat all types of diagnoses.All of this training, along with hours of clinical experience, leavesyour audiologist equipped to figure out what is wrong with yourears and what options are available to treat your problems.When you visit an audiologist for the first time, you can expect tohave him or her listen to you as you describe what problems
  2. 2. you’ve noticed, what situations give you the most difficulty, andwhat you’re looking to solve.Then the audiologist will likely put you through a series of hearingtests. These may have you listen for tones of different soundfrequencies, familiar or unfamiliar voices saying specific words,and often picking out sounds or words layered on top ofbackground noise.After your tests, your audiologist will explain the results andexplain what options for treatment are available to you. Theaudiologist may prescribe and fit hearing aids or other types ofassistive listening devices, recommend cochlear implants, orsuggest hearing rehabilitation to increase what your ears cannaturally do. Audiologists are committed to helping youunderstand your options and make the choices that are best foryour hearing needs and your lifestyle. For More Information, Call Hearing Aids Evanston IL At: (847) 453-3643 Or Visit Us At: http://hearing-aids-evanston-il.com/

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