What is an Audiologist?
-uh-jist): The primary health-care professional for hearing and balance disorders.
- Audiologists evaluate, diagnose, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in children and adults.
- Audiologists prescribe and supply hearing aids and assistive devices.
- Audiologists prescribe and program cochlear implants.
- Audiologists support hearing conservation through implementing programs and prescribing/supplying hearing protection devices.
- Audiologists implement and support hearing screening programs including those for newborns and school children.
Historically, an Audiologist must possess at minimum a Masters Degree in Audiology; however, a growing number of Audiologists have earned a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree (or its equivalent in a Ph.D., Sc.D., etc.). All audiologists applying for first-time licensure in Illinois must hold a doctoral degree in audiology
; reciprocity without a doctorate may be granted to those who obtained Audiology licensure in another state prior to 2008.
Audiologists are regulated by state licensure or registration in all states.