WHY DO WE NEED AUDIOLOGIST?
The Audiologist uses specialized equipment to obtain accurate results about hearing loss. The patients are ideally tested in sound-treated rooms with calibrated equipment. The audiologist is trained to check the eardrum with an otoscope, conduct diagnostic audiological tests and check for medically-related hearing problems. Audiologists also provide:
- Examine patients who have hearing, balance or related ear problems.
- Correlate the results of the tests and diagnose problems.
- Determine and administer treatment.
- Fitting and dispensing of hearing aids.
- Counseling for the patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate.
- Follow up on patients regularly to check on their progress and to continue or change the treatment plan.
- Hearing services and counseling.
- Assistive listening devices.
- Recommend and program implantable hearing devices, including cochlear, bone-anchored, auditory brain stem and middle ear implants.
- Perform ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring.
- Design and implement hearing conservation programs and hearing screening for newborns.
- Provide hearing rehabilitation training such as:
- Auditory training.
- Listening skills' improvement.
- Conduct research related to the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.