What is Audiology?

Audiology is the science of hearing. Clinical audiologists are health care professionals who manage hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. Audiologists measure and evaluate a person's ability to hear sounds, test for middle ear disease, treat people with balance problems and fit hearing aids.

Audiologists often study and provide guidance for patients and families on the following topics:

  • How language is learned and spoken
  • Whether a hearing loss is affecting a child's ability to speak and learn
  • The anatomy of the human ear, brain, and nerves
  • Causes of hearing loss
  • Rehabilitation related to the ear and hearing
  • The use of hearing aids
  • Lip reading and sign language techniques

Many audiologists hold a master's degree, and some hold a clinical doctorate degree in audiology. Audiologists are certified nationally through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (Certificate of Clinical Competence - Audiology, or CCC-A) or the American Academy of Audiology. Our audiologists are licensed by the State of Michigan.

In treating patients, audiologists often work on a team with ear, nose and throat physicians, as well as speech and language pathologists.