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Diagnose hearing and balance problems in patients.

What does an Audiologist do?

Bad hearing can happen for a number of reasons: old age, loud iPods, or screaming children. Whatever the cause, you as an Audiologist help patients by diagnosing, fixing, and preventing their hearing and balance problems.

Audiologists work primarily in hospitals or clinics, and help patients of all ages. You start each session with a basic evaluation of the patient’s hearing and balance. This can entail things like having them listen to noises at different pitches, and visually examining the inside of their ears. Balance tests are necessary because the ear (especially the inner ear) has a lot to do with a person’s ability to stand upright. All of these tests let you know exactly what you’re dealing with so you can make a correct diagnosis.

Once you have a handle on your patient’s problem, you create a plan to fix it. This usually means prescribing hearing aides-Audiologists are the primary distributors of these instruments. You instruct your patient on the correct way to insert them, and explain how to change the batteries, turn up the volume, and anything else a person might need to know. Then you schedule follow-up appointments so you can check up on things. If a patient doesn’t need a hearing aide, you might resort to other solutions, like arranging for them to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor, or removing a buildup of earwax.

When you’re not with a patient, you keep close records of their progress and the types of hearing evaluations done.