Audiologists play a critical role in the identification of an open clinically active SCD. See ASHA's Scope of Practice in Audiology.
Appropriate roles for audiologists include, but are not limited to
- being familiar with symptoms and clinical signs for SCD
- screening for SCD using pure-tone testing, acoustic immittance testing, and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP)
- referring patients to ENT if testing reveals positive results
- remaining informed of the research in the area of SCD and advancing the knowledge base surrounding this topic.
As indicated in the Code of Ethics (ASHA, 2010), audiologists who serve this population should be specifically educated and appropriately trained to do so.