What is an Audiologist?

What is an Audiologist?

The Sertoma Club of Nashville assists individuals and organizations benefiting those with communicative disorders. This includes helping audiologists and future audiologists. Audiologists assist children and adults diagnosed with speech, hearing and language disorders.

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Children with these disorders often struggle through school and even into adulthood if not treated properly. Communication is the basis of learning and spoken language is the foundation for reading and writing. When children cannot hear or have a hard time understanding what they are hearing, learning and communication is compromised.

In turn, these children have a hard time processing information, comprehending topics, expressing themselves with words, and understanding the context of language used. Parents and teachers are advised to observe their children and to report any signs of such disorders. Programs are set up to accommodate each child’s learning needs.

Audiologists often work hand in hand with parents, teachers, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, physicians and nurses to develop the best care for hard-of-hearing children. Lip reading and American Sign Language are forms of communication that can be used throughout the developmental process.

Audiologists specifically work with patients who have hearing, ear and balance issues. They diagnose hearing loss, develop treatment plans and fit hearing devices for those in need. Audiologists are involved with the prevention, identification, assessment and rehabilitation stages of hearing loss. These professionals become licensed in every state, earn their Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), and even become credentialed by the American Board of Audiology, if specified by the state.

Assistance Beyond the Diagnosis

Aside from assisting children and adults with hearing loss or disorders, Audiologists conduct hearing protection programs and check the noise level of vicinities. They also have the ability to detect whether or not individuals can hear within the normal range or if certain parts of the hearing process are experiencing problems. Great audiologists are known to have patience, compassion, great communication skills, and problem solving abilities.

Data collected by the United States Department of Labor reflects that there were 13,000 audiology jobs in 2012. This number is expected to rise by 34% within the next ten years. Audiologists normally work full time, but can be contracted. Places of employment include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Clinics
  • Schools, which may require travel

Although the deadline has passed for The Sertoma Club of Nashville scholarship for future Doctors of Audiology, be sure to apply next year if you are furthering your education as an audiologist.

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