Audiology is a profession dealing with the assessment and management of hearing, hearing loss, and ear-related balance disorders.
The audiologist is also involved in promoting healthy ear and hearing habits, and preventing or minimizing disability due to hearing loss or balance disorders. Audiology is one of the fastest-growing health professions, due to rapid technological advancements.
Where to Study Audiology In South Africa?
Audiology, unlike other courses, has few schools in South Africa. Below is the list of schools offering audiology in South Africa;
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology University Of Pretoria
Audiology At Wits University
Master in Audiology and Master in Speech-language Therapy Stellenbosch University
Audiology At UKZN
Duties Of An Audiologist?
The duties of an Audiologists are as follows :
• measure and diagnose hearing ability
• provide rehabilitative services to children and adults with a hearing loss
• fit hearing aids and assistive listening devices
• consult on issues concerning noise-induced hearing loss, and develop hearing conservation programs
• manage individuals with auditory processing difficulties
• manage people with ear-related balance problems
• serve as expert witnesses in litigation related to their areas of expertise
• aim to prevent and/or minimize hearing loss and its effects
• conduct research on hearing and the balance system.
Is an audiologist a doctor?
An audiologist is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing, balance and tinnitus disorders and who has, at a minimum, a master’s degree. Many, however, also go on to get a doctorate degree (Au.D.), and only then become a Doctor of Audiology.
Do audiologists perform surgery?
Audiologists do not perform surgery and do not prescribe medications (prescription drugs). They may recommend over-the-counter medications. In Pennsylvania, anyone who has registered as a “Hearing Aid Fitter” (dealer) with the state may legally sell hearing aids.