An audiologist has a graduate degree, has completed a clinical internship, has passed a comprehensive national standardized examination and has professional credentials. Most states also have licensure for audiologists. These credentials will help you identify the most qualified person to provide your hearing care services. There are over 10,000 audiologists in the United States who provide hearing care services, including:
- Comprehensive hearing evaluations for persons of all ages
- Selections, fitting and dispensing of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices.
- Patient and family counseling about living with hearing loss
- Hearing conservation programs to prevent hearing loss
- Research and development of new evaluation techniques and rehabilitation strategies
Remember! Hearing loss may occur so gradually that one may not be aware that it is happening. The first step in the identification of hearing loss is a comprehensive hearing evaluation by your local audiologist!