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The Difference Between an Audiologist and a Doctor of Audiology

When you are looking for the best people to help you with your hearing needs, it can become confusing determining who is best suited to help you. After a bit of research, most people conclude that an audiologist is the best option. However, there are several differences between a regular audiologist and a doctor of audiology.

Contrast Of Education Between Audiologists And A Doctor Of Audiology

One of the critical differences between an audiologist and a doctor of audiology is the level of education that they have obtained. To become a practicing audiologist, a person would have to have a master’s degree in audiology. Some states would only require a bachelor’s degree before an audiologist could practice in a clinical setting. However, after 2007, most states are now requiring an aspiring audiologist to earn a doctorate of audiology before they can begin to help people.

To become a doctor of audiology, an individual needs to take and pass the required education classes to receive a doctorate. Many specialized courses are available to a doctoral candidate, allowing the doctor of audiology to learn more about geriatric and pediatric hearing, uncommon hearing disorders, the biological foundations of speech & music, and other niche topics. With this extensive education, a doctor of audiology can offer more in-depth hearing services to those in need.

As the change in requirements is of relatively recent date, many audiologists are practicing without receiving a doctorate of audiology, as they were grandfathered into the institution. So, if a hearing professional claims to be an audiologist, be sure to check whether or not they have a doctorate of audiology.

Greater Experience Available With Doctors Of Audiology

Another requirement for doctors of audiology, which regular audiologist do not need to fulfill, is to have between 300-375 clinical hours before receiving their degree. These clinical hours are performed under the watch of experienced doctors of audiology, allowing doctoral candidates to learn from the best.

They must also complete nine months of post-graduate professional clinical experience to retain their degree. All this work allows a doctor of audiology to become far more experienced in fitting hearing aids, assessing balance issues, detecting hearing disorders, and other hearing-related ailments than your average audiologist.

Work With A Doctor Of Audiology At The Hearing Doctors

Here at the Hearing & Balance Doctors, you can work with highly experienced doctors of audiology to find the right hearing solutions for your needs. Along with their doctorates, our doctors of audiology have also all received their Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as being registered Fellows of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA). Contact us today to start working with one of our doctors of audiology and receive the hearing help you deserve.

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