American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Hearing and Balance

Hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Audiologists are experts in providing services in the prevention, diagnosis, and evidenced-based treatment of hearing and balance disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of these disorders, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life.

How We Hear
How does the ear and hearing mechanism work?

Hearing Loss
Information on the causes and effects of hearing loss in both children and adults.

Hearing Screening and Testing
Explains the difference between hearing screening and testing, with links to help find audiologists.

Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology
Information about hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, and other options for hearing rehabilitation.

Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention
How to protect your hearing from the effects of noise.

Dizziness and Balance
Information on our balance system.

Hearing Loss in Children
Hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18.

Hearing Loss in Adults
Knowing the risk factors and recognizing the symptoms of hearing loss in yourself or someone you know is the first step to improving the situation.

Patient Information Handouts
Easy-to-understand handouts for patients on hearing loss, balance, and tinnitus.

Resources
Related organizations, funding resources and support services.

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