About Audiologists

What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists work with clients to help them to preserve, manage and improve their hearing, their ability to process and understand sounds, and their balance.

Audiologists help clients of all ages – from infants to older adults – and clients with complex needs improve their ability to communicate and interact in all situations.

 

 

Audiologists can perform diagnostic tests, including advanced tests using electrophysiological methods. Audiologists perform a range of assessments including assess hearing and auditory function, vestibular (balance) function, tinnitus, auditory processing function and neural function. 
 
Audiologists can provide counselling as well as aural (re)habilitation which encompasses the prescription and fitting of hearing aids and other assistive devices (hearing aids, FM and other remote sensing systems, bone conduction aids and hearing assistive technology e.g. TV listening devices)
 
Further services that audiologists can provide include:
 
Wax removal and management
Hearing protection (custom musician/noise/swimming/sleep plugs)
Tinnitus rehabilitation
Communication training
Vestibular (balance) rehabilitation
 
Audiologists also have knowledge of implantable devices (e.g. cochlear implants, middle ear implantable hearing aids, bone anchored hearing aids) and collaborate with other hearing and health professionals in their application.
 
The Scope of Practice for audiologists provides more information about the services that audiologists may offer.
 
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 an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist who will be a Full Member of Audiology Australia (MAudA) with a Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP) to be sure that your audiologist:
 
- Has obtained a qualification that is at least the equivalent of an Australian university Masters-level degree in clinical audiology
- Has undertaken Audiology Australia’s clinical internship program
- Has agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct; and
- Undertakes continuing professional development sufficient to maintain their knowledge and skills
 
The Scope of Practice for audiologists provides more information about the services that audiologists may offer.