How's Your Hearing?

How's Your Hearing?

Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being – hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life! 
The good news is that there is help for persons with hearing loss – but the first step is to visit an audiologist, who can evaluate your hearing and determine the type and degree of your hearing loss or balance condition. 

What Is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders in newborns, children, and adults.   


Hearing and Balance Conditions 

If you’re experiencing symptoms that are affecting your hearing and balance, learn more about hearing and balance conditions that an audiologist can diagnose and treat.   

Managing Hearing Loss and Balance Conditions 

There are a variety of ways an audiologist can help you manage the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing including recommending devices to aid in hearing such as cochlear implants and rehabilitation.  


Finding an Audiologist Near You 

Audiologists work in a variety of settings. As a professional organization for audiologists, the Academy keeps a directory for patients to find the best audiologist near them. Based on your location and symptoms, you can find an audiologist through our Find an Audiologist Directory.  

Who Are We? 

These consumer-friendly pages were developed by Academy audiologists to give consumers an overview of hearing, hearing loss, hearing aids, common conditions, and more. The information found here is not intended as and is not a substitute for professional health-care advice. The Academy encourages you to speak with an audiologist or other health-care professional if you have a specific area of concern or need health-care advice.