What is an audiologist?

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According to the American Academy of Audiology, audiologists are "health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders in newborns, childrens and adults." 

Audiologists have extensive education and training in disorders of the ear and hearing, including evaluation and management. Audiologists have either a Master's Degree or Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and, in Washington State, are licensed to provide services by the Washington State Department of Health.  Several certifications are available to audiologists, including the voluntary Board Certification in Audiology through the American Board of Audiology (ABA). Audiologists who are Board Certified in Audiology demonstrate a dedication to life-long learning through a commitment of 60 hours of continuing education every 3 years.  For additional details on Board Certified Audiologists, see http://americanboardofaudiology.org/consumers/consumers.html