What is an Audiologist?

Audiologist (aw-dee-ahl-uh-jist): The primary health-care professional for hearing and balance disorders.

  • Audiologists evaluate, diagnose, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in children and adults.
  • Audiologists prescribe and supply hearing aids and assistive devices.
  • Audiologists prescribe and program cochlear implants.
  • Audiologists support hearing conservation through implementing programs and prescribing/supplying hearing protection devices.
  • Audiologists implement and support hearing screening programs including those for newborns and school children.

Historically, an Audiologist must possess at minimum a Masters Degree in Audiology; however, a growing number of Audiologists have earned a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree (or its equivalent in a Ph.D., Sc.D., etc.).  All audiologists applying for first-time licensure in Illinois must hold a doctoral degree in audiology; reciprocity without a doctorate may be granted to those who obtained Audiology licensure in another state prior to 2008.

Audiologists are regulated by state licensure or registration in all states.

Illinois Academy of Audiology (ILAA)                      
4000 Westgate
Springfield, IL 62711 
Phone: (217) 691-1506 

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