Audiologists can assess:
- hearing and auditory function;
- vestibular (balance) function;
- auditory processing function; and
- neural function.
They can do this by performing diagnostic tests, including advanced tests using electrophysiological methods.
- aural (re)habilitation;
- vestibular (balance) (re)habilitation;
- tinnitus (re)habilitation; and
- communication training.
They can provide a range of (re)habilitation services including counselling and the prescription and fitting of devices/aids, such as:
- bone conduction aids;
- earplugs (custom noise/swim/musician plugs);
- FM and other remote sensing systems;
- hearing aids; and
- hearing assistive technology.
Audiologists have knowledge of implantable devices (e.g. cochlear implants, middle ear implantable hearing aids, fully implantable hearing aids, bone anchored hearing aids) and collaborate with other professionals in their applications in (re)habilitation.
Audiologists must have completed at least the equivalent of an Australian university Masters-level degree in clinical audiology. Audiology Australia accredits Masters programs in Audiology and assures that they meet high standards. You can read more about audiologists qualifications and training here.
You should book an appointment to see a Full Member of Audiology Australia (MAudA) with a Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP) or an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist to be sure that your clinician:
- has obtained a qualification that is at least the equivalent of an Australian university Masters-level degree in audiology;
- has undertaken Audiology Australia’s rigorous clinical internship program;
- has agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct; and
- undertakes continuing professional development sufficient to maintain their knowledge and skills.