Audiologists are healthcare professionals who manage hearing and balance disorders for both adults and children.
They perform a battery of tests to assess, diagnose and treat a person’s hearing or balance problem. A common test that audiologists perform is pure-tone audiometry, where they measure the softest sound that one can hear at different pitches. This test gives information on the type and degree of hearing loss.
When the hearing problem cannot be treated by an ENT doctor through medication or surgery, audiologists may recommend and prescribe hearing devices. Appropriately fitted hearing devices, together with counselling and rehabilitation, help clients manage their hearing loss and communicate effectively with the people around them.