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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

What Does It Take To Become An Audiologist?

What Does It Take To Become An Audiologist
An audiologist specializes in diagnosing and treating balance and hearing-related issues. Understanding the most common reasons for hearing loss and the most effective treatments, audiologists are well-equipped to work with patients suffering from tinnitus, ear infections, age-related hearing loss, and more. Through careful examination, an audiologist can diagnose the problem and provide a treatment plan to help restore the patient’s hearing ability.

At Hearing & Balance Doctors, our team’s top priority is helping our patients communicate and improve their quality of life through unmatched hearing care treatment and services. As a top-rated private practice in Utah that staffs only Doctors of Audiology, you can have peace of mind knowing you will receive the latest in hearing technology, kindness, and quality care.

What Does an Audiologist Do?

Like most healthcare professionals, no day in the life of an audiologist is going to be exactly the same. At a high level, an audiologist must be able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a patient for their hearing related issue. The most common task an audiologist performs is performing a heating exam to test a patient’s ability to hear varying volumes and tones. Based on the results of the hearing exam, an audiologist will be able to determine the patient’s hearing capacity and diagnose the hearing conditionings that are affecting them.

From here, an audiologist will provide a treatment that resolves the patient’s hearing problem. For instance, if the patient is a candidate for hearing aids, the audiologist will be able to walk the patient through the selection and fitting process. Their strong understanding of hearing science allows them to diagnose and successfully treat a patient with a variety of hearing services. While some audiologists will treat all hearing problems, many audiologists have a particular focus and specialize in one area of hearing science.

Audiology Specialties

  • Hearing Aid – Hearing aid specialists are well-versed in hearing devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.
  • Geriatric – Working with elderly patients, a geriatric audiologist can evaluate and treat gradual and natural hearing loss that happens as we age.
  • Pediatric – Pediatric audiologists treat children of all ages (babies, toddlers, children, and teens) for hearing-related issues to determine the presence, extent, and reason for hearing loss.
  • Sensorineural – Focusing on hearing problems that are caused by damage to the inner ear, sensorineural audiologists help to make this permanent hearing loss less detrimental.
  • Tinnitus – Tinnitus specialists work to find the correct solution for patients who hearing a ringing in their ears even when there is no external sound.

While most audiologists will be able to provide you with the treatment you need, an audiologist specializing in a specific focus of hearing science will be able to offer advanced help.

Education Requirements

To become an audiologist, you must first receive a Bachelor’s Degree. This can be in any field, but having a Bachelor’s Degree in a science field is preferred. Following that, you must earn a doctoral degree in audiology. In a four-year doctoral program, some schools will allow you to specialize in a focus area of audiology, such as pediatric, tinnitus, or geriatric. No matter what specialty you choose, your coursework will cover anatomy, physiology, genetics, physics, ethics, and more. While taking courses, you will also be participating in clinicals and internships to ensure you’re receiving hands-on training.

Following the completion of a doctoral degree in audiology, you will also need to get licensed in your state—this is required in all states! The requirements will vary by state, but typically include a set number of supervised clinical experience, a passing score on a national audiology exam, a set number of houses for post-graduate clinical experience, and more.

Once you’ve met these requirements, an audiologist is ready to begin treating patients for hearing issues.

The Hearing & Balance Doctors Are Here to Help

Our doctors of audiology specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating hearing issues with great success. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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