What do Audiologists do?
Audiologists assess and manage children and adults with hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or balance problems using audiometers, computers, and other testing devices. They measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the ability to distinguish between sounds, and the impact of hearing loss on an individual. Audiologists analyze these data along with educational, psychological, and other medical data to make a diagnosis and find a suitable course of treatment.
Audiologists fit and dispense hearing aids, fit cochlear implants, or examine the ear canal as part of a comprehensive rehabilitative programme. As a primary hearing health provider, the audiologist also works closely with the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists and doctors when the patient requires medical or surgical evaluation, or treatment for their hearing problems.
What are the fields of practice for Audiologists?
Audiologists can be found working in hospitals, medical centres, private practice, schools and
universities. The fields of practise for audiologists includes the following:
- Hearing assessment
- Hearing aid fittings
- Pediatric/adult/geriatric aural rehabilitation
What Educational Qualifications do I need to practice as an Audiologist in Malaysia?
You must complete formal tertiary education to qualify as an Audiologist.