How Audiologists can be so important?

The branch of medicine dealing with hearing and balance-related disorders is called Audiology. This branch has a set of specialization fields that are focused in assisting the patients at different moments. Employing various testing strategies (for example: hearing-tests, otoacoustic emission measurements, videonystagmography, and electrophysiologic tests), audiology aims to determine whether someone can hear within the normal range, and if not, which portions of hearing (high, middle, or low frequencies) are affected, to what degree, and where the lesion causing the hearing loss is found (outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, auditory nerve and/or central nervous system). Those are some of the primary paths that Audiologists :

Diagnostician

If hearing loss is suspected, a healthcare professional should suggest that the patient sees a diagnostician. A diagnostician should confirm that an audiological issue exists. Several tests are performed on the patient to define the scope of the problem.

Counselor

The counselor is in charge of assisting the patient's family about the interaction with the patient through the process. This audiologist provides information about the diagnostic tests, the support systems at reach, the possible approaches in managing the hearing loss, and is also available when needed for consultation.

Audiological Care Coordinator

This is the patient's case manager. The patient may have to receive medical care from several experts and different institutions. The Audiological Care Coordinator is in charge of the details and records needed.

Audiological Researcher

Audiology is a relatively new field and there is a need for more information, studies and research. Some researchers focus on understanding the functioning of the ear better while others attempt to figure out what causes hearing loss. These researchers focus on the medical angle related to the functioning of the ear.

Educational Audiologist

Misinformation is everywhere and sometimes outright ignorance is a social issue when it comes to deafness. An educational audiologist focuses on spreading the word among the educators in the school system. He works in both the home and school setting of a patient. This helps improve the environment of a patient suffering from hearing loss.

References:
  1. https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/physiological-sciences/audiology
  2. http://www.educational-audiologists.org.uk/documents/roles.pdf
  3. http://www.asha.org/policy/KS2006-00259/
  4. http://www.southampton.ac.uk/audiology/whatisaudiology/index.page
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