Audiology is the science of hearing.
An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss. Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees in the identification, treatment and prevention of hearing loss for people of all ages. An Audiologist will conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation, explain your hearing condition to you and will refer for medical treatment if necessary. Audiologists prescribe, fit and dispense hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, if needed.
Because hearing loss can develop over several years, most people are not aware of the extent of their hearing loss until family or friends bring it to their attention. Even then, the problem is often ignored or explained with excuses such as fatigue or “people are mumbling”.
Recognizing a hearing loss in yourself or someone you know is the first step toward improving the situation.