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What is an Audiologist?

The profession of Audiology is dedicated to the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss. 
An Audiologist can provide you with answers to questions like these:

  • What do you do when you find out that you or a loved one has a hearing loss?
  • Who do I turn to for quality hearing health care?
  • Can my hearing loss be helped with hearing aids?
  • What are the different types of hearing loss? 

An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss, Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. Audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing problem. Audiologists present a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training. Audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing problem needs medical or surgical evaluation.

Why should someone with hearing loss be evaluated by an Audiologist?

Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists are required to colete a full-tie internship and pas a demanding national competency examination. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment and provide hearing rehabilitation services.

What do audiologists do?

Hearing Testing. Audiologists use specialized equipment to obtain accurate results about hearing loss. These tests are typically conducted in sound-treated rooms with calibrated equipment. The audiologist is trained to inspect the eardrum with an otoscope, perform limited ear wax removal, conduct diagnostic audiologic tests and check for medically-related hearing problems.

Hearing loss is caused by medical problems about 10% of the time Audiologists are educated to recognize these medical problem sand refer patients to ear, nose and throat physicians (known as otolary gologists). Most persons with hearing impairment can benefit from the use of hearing aids, and audiologists are knowledgeable about the latest applications of hearing aid technology.

Hearing services for infants and children.

Good hearing is essential to the social and intellectual development of infants and young children. Audiologists test hearing and identify hearing loss in children of any age. This includes newborn and infant hearing screening and diagnostic hearing tests with young children. Audiologists provide hearing therapy and fit hearing aids on babies and young children with hearing loss.

Audiologists also provide:

  • Services for school children.
  • Hearing services and counseling.
  • Hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
  • Hearing conservation programs.
  • Hearing research.

Regina Talbert, Audiologist
Westwood Medical Park
Bluefield, VA 24605

Building #3

 (276) 326-2635 / 326-2636
Fax: (276) 326-2637

Hours of operation:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm M-F

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