Audiology is the science of hearing, balance, and related disorders. Learn how we hear.
Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory 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.
Audiologists work in many different types of facilities; most work 40–50 hours per week; some work part-time. They frequently work with other medical specialists, speech-language pathologists, educators, engineers, scientists, and allied health professionals.
Salaries of audiologists vary depending on education, experience, work setting, and geographical location.
Of the 211,000 members and affiliates whom ASHA represents, approximately 13,610 are certified audiologists. The need for audiologists continues to grow.
Roles and responsibilities of audiologists include knowledge and skills related to assessment and identification, management and treatment, and prevention and education.
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