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is a subspecialty of Clinical Physiology, professionals working in this
field may be called Audiologists, Audiological Scientists and they
generally work with people who have hearing, balance, and related ear
issues. They examine individuals of all ages and identify those with
the symptoms of hearing loss and other auditory conditions including
balance and sometimes other related sensory and neural problems. They
then assess hearing loss subjectively and objectively or perform other
investigations to ascertain the extent of the problems and help the
individuals manage them.
Using specialist equipment, such as audiometers and tympanometers,
computers, and other testing devices, they measure the loudness at
which a person begins to hear sounds, their hearing threshold, the
ability to distinguish between sounds and the impact of hearing loss on
daily life. In addition, audiologists may use special computer
equipment to evaluate and diagnose balance disorders. Audiologists
interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical,
educational, and psychological information to provide supportive
diagnostic information to facilitate a course of treatment.
Hearing disorders can result from a variety of causes including trauma
at birth, viral infections, genetic disorders, exposure to loud noise,
certain medications, or ageing. Treatment may include medication,
examination and cleaning of the ear canal, fitting and dispensing
hearing aids, or fitting and programming cochlear implants.
Audiological problems may also be treated with counselling on how to
adjust to hearing loss, training on the use of hearing instruments and
teaching communication tactics and strategies for use in a variety of
environments such as those with a loud ambient noise like restaurants.
specialise in working with the elderly, children, or hearing-impaired
individuals who need specific treatment programs. Some work in Hearing
Conservation (civil or military) and develop then implement ways to
protect workers' hearing from exposure to loud noise. They measure
noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing protection programs
industry or other noisy environments.