Audiology is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders.
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.
The Audiologist carries out a range of tests on adults and children to determine the presence, nature, and extent of hearing loss and balance disorders, enabling accurate clinical diagnosis in a range of hearing-related conditions. If an audiologist determines that a hearing disorder or vestibular abnormality is present, he or she will provide recommendations for interventions or rehabilitation.
A further role includes the long term management and rehabilitation of the hearing impaired and those with tinnitus. Many of whom require the support of hearing aids/communication equipment and counseling with respect to their hearing loss or tinnitus.
In addition to diagnosing audiology and vestibular pathologies, audiologists can also specialize in diagnosis and rehabilitation of central auditory processing disorder, hyperacusis, and fitting of the cochlear implant, hearing aid and assistive listening devices.
Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of these disorders, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life.