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|What is an Audiologist?|
An audiologist is a health-care professional specializing in identifying disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear. They are licensed through the Florida Department of Health, who regulates minimum educational and experience requirements, as well as regulates and monitors ongoing continuing education.
Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat hearing and balance problems. They can identify the need for hearing aids or cochlear implants. They counsel families through a new diagnosis of hearing loss in infants, and help teach coping and compensation skills for patients who develop hearing issues in adulthood.
Audiologists have training in anatomy and physiology, hearing aids, cochlear implants, electrophysiology, acoustics, psychophysics, neurology, vestibular function and assessment, balance disorders, counseling and sign language.