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Communication and hearing and balance health are essential in all aspects of your life. Audiologists can help you improve the quality of your life and work with you to evaluate your hearing and determine the type and degree of your hearing loss or balance condition.
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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.
New! Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Resources
Consumers and OTC Hearing Aids FAQs
What are over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids? Who is a good candidate? Are there concerns regarding these devices? Is there a difference between OTC hearing aids and PSAPs or Hearables? The Academy has compiled answers to frequently asked questions consumers have.
Children and OTC Hearing Aids
Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids look similar to hearing aids that are available at an audiologist’s office however they differ in a few very important ways, including who is a good candidate. The Academy has compiled answers to your questions, including can children use over-the-counter hearing aids, and more.
Children and Hearing Loss
Although hearing loss can happen at any age, a growing number of kids and teens are damaging their hearing by prolonged noise exposure to loud noise. Learn how to protect your child’s hearing.
Seniors and Hearing Loss
Although hearing loss with age is inevitable, there are some steps you can take to prevent your hearing loss from getting worse. Learn how to protect your hearing.
The Academy has prepared consumer-friendly information to help audiologists educate the public and their patients. Learn more about the consumer-friendly resources you have access to.
Audiologist Near You
The Find an Audiologist Directory of Academy Fellow members can help guide you to a professional near you. Search by symptom, speciality, certification, and location.
Who We Are
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.
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