Audiology is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance and related disorders. Its practitioners, who are called audiologists, treat those with hearing loss and proactively prevent related damage. Employing various testing strategies (including hearing tests, otoacoustic emission measurements, videonystagmography and electrophysiologic tests), audiology aims to determine whether someone can hear within the normal range and, if not, which portions of hearing are affected (high, middle or low frequencies) and to what degree. If an audiologist determines that there is hearing loss or that a vestibular abnormality is present, he or she will recommend the best options to assist the patient, such as a hearing aid, cochlear implants or appropriate medical referrals.

In addition to testing patients’ hearing, audiologists also work with a wide range of clientele in rehabilitation, from children to the aged, including people with tinnitus, auditory processing disorders, and users of cochlear implants or hearing aids, and may also perform assessments of tinnitus and the vestibular system.

An Audiologists can offer the following treatment services:

  • Auditory impairment consultations
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Hearing aid fittings
  • Hearing aid repairing and maintenance
  • Pediatric hearing loss treatment
  • Dizziness and balance treatment
  • Tinnitus treatment programs
  • Hearing loss prevention and protection programs

They can perform the following tests:

  • Diagnostic hearing tests (such as speech audiometry, otoscope, oto-acoustic emissions (OAEs), tympanometry, auditory reflex testing, auditory brainstem response (ABR), auditory processing tests, and more)
  • Audiologic evaluations
  • Pediatric hearing loss detection
  • Dizziness and balance testing
  • Cochlear implant candidacy evaluations

With advancements in technology, but audiology and hearing issues have evolved a great deal. Here are some of the popular branches of Audiology:

  • Auditory physiology, deals with the functions of the ear and the auditory nervous system.
  • Speech perception, is a field of transforming auditory input signals into representations by using neural, computational, and cognitive operations.
  • Diagnostic audiology, is a subspecialty that refers to diagnostic tests performed in audiology.
  • Rehabilitation audiology, involves training and treatment to improve hearing for those with hearing impairments.
  • Industrial and occupational audiology, involves assessing the levels of noise at work, and designing programs that prevent the hearing loss.
  • Forensic audiology, deals with the expert assessment and opinion in legal issues.

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing problems and auditory disorders. They are trained to work with all ages, from newborns to the elderly. However, some audiologists specialize in certain conditions or age groups.

Audiology is a branch of science that addresses auditory or hearing impairments and their associated disorders such as: speech and communication. Medical professionals who practice audiology are called audiologists, who are responsible for managing hearing related disorders as well as balance.

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