What Does an Audiologist Do?

an audiologist examining her patient's inner ear

An audiologist does much more than treating hearing loss. They help patients to manage several conditions relating to the inner ear and offer different types of treatments and therapies. Audiologists work with patients of all ages and can provide ongoing support throughout their lives. 

They are trained experts in all types of hearing aids and the latest technology. Many also offer repairs for hearing aids. An audiologist can provide support to patients with conditions such as tinnitus and vestibular disorders. They perform a variety of tests to get to the root of the problem whether it’s an ear infection, injury or age-related hearing loss.

Hearing tests

An audiologist will conduct hearing tests to look for the cause of hearing loss. They will then determine the best treatment. Hearing loss can be due to several reasons from an ear infection, or a build-up of wax and exposure to loud noise. An audiologist can offer the right solution to the problem whether it’s custom-made hearing protection or state-of-the-art hearing aids.

Hearing aids

Audiologists can custom fit hearing aids depending on the needs of the patient. There are several types of hearing aids. These include behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and completely in the canal (CIC). Modern hearing aids also have several advanced features that an audiologist can advise you on. These include masking background noise or tinnitus, automated settings and Bluetooth compatibility. 

Tinnitus

An audiologist can also diagnose and treat tinnitus, a ringing in the ear. This could be caused by a few external factors such as exposure to loud noise or may be related to an underlying condition. An audiologist will perform an examination of the ear to get to the root of the problem and suggest a suitable treatment.  

Vestibular disorders

Vestibular disorders are connected to the inner ear and symptoms can include loss of balance and dizziness. There are various types of vestibular disorders and an audiologist will be able to determine which one is affecting the patient and the cause. They will then provide them with the best treatment according to their needs.

Rehabilitation and therapy

As well as diagnosing and treating various hearing and balance disorders, an audiologist will also provide the patient with ongoing support. For example, they may offer rehabilitation therapies to those with hearing loss, such as speech therapy and auditory training. They will also provide advice to those new to wearing hearing aids and help them to adjust. An audiologist can recommend several treatments and therapies to assist their patients in managing any hearing-related issues they may be experiencing.

An audiologist is trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions relating to the inner ear and they can also conduct routine hearing tests. They will often work with patients on a long-term basis and provide ongoing support. If you have any concerns about your hearing, an audiologist will be able to give you expert advice and peace of mind.