What is an Audiologist?

 

Audiologists are professionals who have expertise in overall hearing and vestibular health. Audiologists identify, assess, diagnose and treat individuals with peripheral or central hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders.

 

Audiologists provide a number of different services related to hearing, tinnitus and balance for the individuals they serve. They are involved in a number of different activities to promote effective communication. These services may include:

 

1.Assessment of hearing and balance disorders, which may involve screening, identification, evaluation and diagnosis.

 

2.Intervention for hearing and balance disorders, which may involve promotion, prevention, counselling, treatment, consultation, management, (re)habilitation and education.

 

3.Education and supervision of students and professionals, including supportive personnel.

 

4.Consultation with and referral to other professionals.

 

Audiologists may work directly with clients, and/or with their caregivers and/or other persons who regularly interact with the client (e.g. friends, relatives, professionals, colleagues, supportive personnel) for the purpose of creating environments that promote optimal communication and vestibular health.

 

Audiologists provide a broad range of services that include the following activities:

 

-Clinical and/or instrumental screening, assessment, identification, diagnosis and treatment of:

 

1.Hearing disorders in infants, children and adults involving both peripheral and central pathways of hearing;

 

2.Auditory processing disorders;

 

3.Tinnitus, hyperacusis and misophonia; and

 

4.Balance disorders.

 

 -Assessment, selection, taking ear mold impressions, dispensing, validation, verification and servicing of hearing aids.

 

 -Assessment, selection and development of other appropriate hearing assistive and (re)habilitative strategies for individuals with hearing impairment, auditory processing, balance dysfunction, tinnitus and/or related disorders. This could include implantable hearing devices, assistive listening technology, aural (re)habilitation, tinnitus re-training and vestibular (re)habilitation.

 

-Prevention, counseling and education services to clients, families, caregivers, other professionals and the public regarding all aspects of hearing and balance function.

 

Practice Settings

 

Audiologists work in a variety of health and education settings, including but not limited to hospitals, public health units, community health centres, schools, private practice, industrial settings, hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturers, professional associations, universities, colleges and long term care facilities. Audiologists may function independently or within an inter-professional framework, collaborating with a variety of professionals.

 

Approved by the CASLP-NL Board of Directors, October 11, 2012

Footnote: Scope of Practice for Audiology, Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC)