What is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a primary health care professional, who evaluates, diagnoses, treats and manages hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.


  • Evaluate and diagnose hearing loss; prescribe, fit and dispense hearing aids and other amplification and hearing assistance technologies.
  • Are members of cochlear implant teams.
  • Perform surgical monitoring for various specialties, including those related to ear and hearing.
  • Design and implement hearing conservation and newborn hearing screening programs.
  • Provide hearing rehabilitation training such as auditory training and listening skills improvement.
  • Assess and treat individuals, especially children, with auditory processing disorders.
  • Assess and treat individuals with tinnitus.
  • Treat all ages and types of hearing loss: the elderly, teens, children and infants.
  • Practice in a variety of settings: hospitals, private practice, universities, K-12 schools, government, military and Veterans’ Administration hospitals.
  • Most audiologists earn of doctor of audiology (AuD) degree; some audiologists earn a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in the hearing and balance sciences.
  • Audiologists must be licensed to practice in all states.