What is an Audiologist?
If you’re seeking hearing loss treatment, you may confront a number of challenges, particularly surrounding the many new medical terms that you will encounter while receiving treatment. One of the most common questions is “What is an audiologist?” At Audiology Clinic, we are very fortunate to have an award-winning audiologist on staff, Dr. Amit Gosalia.
Hearing Doctors – Audiologists and Doctors of Audiology
An audiologist is a health care professional who deals in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairments and other issues, such as inner ear-related balance disorders and tinnitus.
Audiologists, also called “hearing doctors,” treat patients of all ages. Although requirements differ by state, the highest trained audiologists have earned an Au.D degree, although some may also have other degrees, such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D. Some audiologists have a masters level
You may visit an audiologist for a number of different hearing care services, such as:
- hearing assessments
- hearing rehabilitation programs
- hearing aid fittings, adjustments and maintenance
- treatment for tinnitus (ear ringing)
- treatment for balance disorders involving the inner ear
An audiologist has comprehensive knowledge of the human vestibular and auditory system, including extensive expertise in the area of sound reproduction, which is vital for ensuring that your hearing aid provides the maximum benefit.
Ear Doctors – Otolaryngologists
Otolaryngologists are medical doctors or M.D.s., also called Ear, Nose and Throat specialists or ENTs. These physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries involving the ears, nose and throat.
Otolaryngologists can perform ear surgery, ranging from the placement of ear tubes to prevent chronic ear infections, to the placement of cochlear implants, which are used to treat congenital and other forms of profound hearing loss.
Once the otolaryngologist completes a patient’s surgical treatment, he or she may refer the patient to an audiologist to get digital hearing aids or to receive help developing communication, language and hearing skills.
Hearing Aid Specialists – Hearing Instrument Specialists
A hearing instrument specialist – also called a licensed hearing aid dispenser – is typically licensed by the state and many also hold board certifications. Most are required to complete an apprenticeship.
Hearing instrument specialists focus on hearing aid technology and assistive listening devices, including alarm and phone systems for the hearing impaired.
Get your hearing assessed by Vancouver Washington’s award-winning Audiologist
For more information on how Dr. Gosalia and our team can help you, we welcome you to make an appointment or drop in during our open hours on weekdays from noon to 1:00 pm.