What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance problems. Audiologists have received a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program. Their academic and clinical training provides the foundation for patient management from birth through adulthood. Audiologists determine appropriate patient treatment for hearing and balance problems by combining a complete history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular assessments. Based on the diagnosis, the audiologist presents a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment or balance problems. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids as part of a comprehensive habilitative program. Audiologists may be found working in medical centers and hospitals, private practice settings, schools, and government health facilities and agencies, as well as at colleges and universities. As a primary hearing health provider, audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing or balance problem requires medical or surgical evaluation or treatment.
For more information, visit the American Academy of Audiology.
Jennifer Hartze, AuD, from Vibrant Hearing in Missoula, offers outreach Audiology services to the residents of Sanders County out of the Plains Family Medicine office.