Diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing loss, balance disorders and other associated conditions.
An audiologist is trained to carry out assessments on hearing by performing a number of specialised auditory tests and vestibular (balance) tests, as well as asking you some questions related to your medical history and hearing problems.
The audiologist will decide if it is necessary for you to see an ear nose and throat doctor (ENT) based on your responses and the nature and type of your hearing loss. An audiologist is also trained to fit hearing aids and help you adjust to them.
They also help design and implement personal and industrial hearing safety programs, newborn hearing screening programs, school hearing screening programs, and provide special fitting ear plugs and other hearing protection devices to help prevent hearing loss.