An Audiologist is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses hearing loss, balance problems and vestibular system conditions of the ear. They are trained to diagnose, prevent and manage these conditions. After a review of your health history and a hearing evaluation, an audiologist will determine if your condition might be medically treatable. If your condition is not medically treatable, they will make recommendations for treatment which might include the use of hearing aids, listening devices, balance therapy and aural rehabilitation.

What Education is Required to Become an Audiologist?

Audiologists need to have either a masters or doctoral degree in audiology from an accredited university. They are regulated by state licensure or registration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The profession’s requirements are transitioning into requiring a doctorate as the initial degree to practice audiology.
Minimum requirements for the degree include:

  •  A minimum of 75 semester hours of post-baccalaureate study
  • Meeting prescribed competencies
  • Passing a national exam given by Praxis Series of the Educational Testing Service
  • Teaching programs that are equivalent to a minimum of 12 months of full-time, supervised experience.

Audiologists will also earn a certificate from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or through the American Board of Audiology (ABA). To remain licensed, most states have continuing education and renewal requirements that must be met.

Where do Audiologists Work?

Audiologists will work in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Schools and universities
  • Clinics and rehabilitation facilities
  • Cochlear implant centers and speech and hearing centers
  • Private audiology practices, otolaryngology (ENT physician) and hearing aid dispensing offices
  • Hearing aid manufacturing facilities

What is a Typical Day for an Audiologist?

In a 40-50 hour work week, Audiologists are involved in the testing, diagnosis and management of hearing loss in patients of all ages. An audiologist can refer their patients to physicians when the history and results of their audiometric evaluation show the possibility of a serious condition. They also dispense hearing aids and listening devices, counsel families through any new diagnosis of hearing loss, and help educate about managing of the patient’s condition. Audiologists help minimize the negative effect of these disorders for their patients, leading to improved outcomes. 


How to Choose an Audiologist

Now that you know what an Audiologist does, learn more about how to choose the right Audiologist for your hearing loss needs.


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Phonak Hearing Aids

At Hearing Associates, we provide a wide range of hearing aid options to our Northern Iowa patients. In addition to Lyric and Oticon devices, we also offer Phonak hearing aids for all levels of hearing loss.  

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Audéo V – The Audeo V features technology that lets you understand speech from any direction, you can enjoy conversation without being face to face.

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Audéo B – Make hearing an effortless experience with these sophisticated instruments. They adapt to each sound automatically, so wearers experience unparalleled hearing performance in any situation. Experience 60% improved speech understanding, including quiet voices and soft sounds. 

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Audéo B-R – As the fastest-charging, longest-lasting rechargeable hearing aid available, the Audéo B-R offers 24 hours of hearing with one, 3-hour charge. The lithium-ion battery lasts through the lifetime of the hearing aids, freeing wearers from the cumbersome task of regularly changing batteries.

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Sky V – Sky V, the current Phonak pediatric hearing aid line, accommodates mild to profound hearing losses. The devices boast colorful styles and incorporate technology specifically designed for infants, children and teens.  

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Naída V – Specifically designed for those with severe to profound hearing loss, the “super power” Nadia V allows wearers to understand more, even in challenging listening environments. Pair with Roger wireless microphones for a comprehensive hearing solutions package.

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Virto V – This hearing aid line is custom-made to suit your needs. You select the device size, shell, faceplate, color and technology. We take care of the rest.

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Bolero V – Ideal for active lifestyles, the Bolero Q is equipped with water and dust resistant features.

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Bolero B – What makes Bolero B so special is its unique operating system called AutoSense OS. It senses your surroundings and adjusts your hearing aids every step of the way.  With the rechargeable Bolero B-PR, you can enjoy 24 hours* of hearing with one charge.

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Virto B-Titanium– The super-discreet custom hearing aid made from titanium. It adapts simply to every sound environment automatically for excellent hearing performance everywhere.

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CROS II – The CROS system is ideal for those with single-sided hearing loss. The hearing aids feature Phonak Venture technology, which uses its microphone to transmit sound from your poor ear to the device in your good ear.


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CROS B – The smart solution for single-sided deafness. CROS B automatically detects what listening situation you are in and switches to the best possible setting. You’ll forget you’re wearing it. It can zoom in on the voice in front of you for better speech understanding.


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