About Audiology

Audiology is a branch of science that focusses on hearing, balance, and related disorders. The practitioners who assess, treat, and educate about the prevention of hearing loss and balance problems are Audiologists. Audiologists are university-trained (minimum Master’s level) health care professionals who perform a variety of clinical tests to determine the nature and degree of an individual’s hearing and/or balance status. They have the expertise and equipment to work with infants, children, and adults. When it is determined that an individual has a hearing and/or balance problem, an audiologist will provide recommendations and management strategies for the patient and support their goals for intervention and (re)habilitation. Examples of management strategies include hearing aids, communication strategies, hearing protection, maneuvers to relieve balance issues, and appropriate medical referrals.