Have you been thinking about seeing an audiologist in the Colorado Springs area? If so, you should know what an audiologist actually does, and how they can help you. Hearing loss may seem daunting, but when you’re in the hands of a professional audiologist, you don’t need to worry.
Read on to find out all about audiologists, from where and how they work to how to become one yourself!
Audiologist Colorado Springs: What does an audiologist do?
An audiologist is a fully qualified medical professional. As such, they help you with medical issues. But, as we’ll cover later, they specialise in hearing issues, and that’s what they can help you with. Most of our work is based on evaluating and diagnosing hearing loss, which is done using audiograms. These audiograms are a way of graphing how well you can hear at different frequencies and volumes. As audiologists, we’re trained to be able to understand these graphs and make recommendations for you based on them.
An audiologist can also both prescribe and fit hearing aids! This is the main reason why people see audiologists in the first place. But audiologists can also recommend and even program a range of different implants which can help your hearing too. These implants are permanent and cannot be taken out. They are implanted into the cochlear, mid-ear, or even the auditory brain stem!
Audiologists can also recommend ways in which you protect your hearing. These ideas are based on our extensive study of hearing and hearing loss. In some cases, your audiologist can also recommend hearing rehabilitation training such as auditory training and speech reading, which can help you ‘hear’ even if your ears aren’t working as well as they could.
Audiologist Colorado Springs: Where do audiologists work?
Audiologists don’t just work at hearing aid centers. You can find audiologists in a whole variety of workplace settings! We can work in specialist clinics like ours, in hospitals and private practice, or ENT offices. We can also work in more specialist applications, such as schools, universities, government and military settings. The precise location depends on preference more than anything.
But no matter where an audiologist works, they have to be licensed by the state. This is the case in every U.S. state, mainland and otherwise- even Puerto Rico. This is so that no matter where you see an audiologist, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best possible treatment.
Audiologist Colorado Springs: How do you become an audiologist?
Becoming an audiologist isn’t simple! You need to earn a doctoral degree in Audiology, an Au.D. You can earn one over the course of four years, and if you didn’t know, you need to already have completed a bachelor’s degree to begin a doctorate. Your bachelor’s degree could have been in a variety of different fields. So long as it is something related to the medical field, you will be accepted (pending grades, of course!) So that could be anything from anatomy and physiology to pharmacology, physics, genetics and so on.
As we said above, the course is four years long. There’s plenty to learn before you become a fully trained audiologist, so you have to spend those four years wisely! In order to carry on and actually become an audiologist, you have to study at a college offering a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation, otherwise you won’t be allowed a license in almost all U.S. states.
Audiologist Colorado Springs: What is an audiometrist?
You may also have heard of audiometrists. But audiometrists aren’t the same as audiologists. The two are both professionals who can help you with hearing loss. But one is more qualified than the other! Audiologists are medical doctors who can diagnose and treat your hearing problem. Like we pointed out above, audiologists train for years to be able to do what they do. This training allows them to make educated diagnoses of hearing conditions, not just wild guesses. And to make those diagnoses, audiologists use audiograms, which are the results of your hearing test.
Audiometrists have different responsibilities. The audiometrist is generally the person who administers your hearing test. The audiologist will be busy in their office consulting with patients and diagnosing their conditions, while the audiometrist conducts the tests. They can also fit hearing aids, at least when under the supervision of an audiologist. Audiologists can do almost everything that audiometrists can do- but audiometrists can’t diagnose patients like audiologists can. Does that make sense?
Audiologist Colorado Springs: How could an audiologist help you?
Okay, so you’ve made it this far. The chances are that you want to know how an audiologist can help you! This is the really important part.
Audiologists can help you in a few different ways. First and foremost, they can tell you what’s wrong with your hearing. They can do that using the audiogram, the results of your hearing test. This can tell us whether you’re struggling to hear high or low pitched sounds. It can also tell us how severe your hearing loss is. So the first thing that the audiologist can do is to help you decide whether or not a hearing aid is right for you. Aside from that, we can also advise you on lifestyle changes that can help you maintain your hearing, and how to take care of your hearing aid. Long story short- you’ll be leaving our clinic with better hearing!
So if you would like to know any more, or to book an appointment, why not give us a call today? One of our friendly staff will be on hand to help you with anything you’d like to know!