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What is an Audiologist?

An Audiologist is a health-care professional who evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss and balance disorders in individuals of all ages. A Doctor of Audiology (AuD) underwent doctoral level training and completed an externship program in the field of Audiology. In order to practice, a Doctor of Audiology must complete a minimum of 1000 hours in the field and pass a rigorous examination. To maintain his or her license, continuing education is required. 

A common question is what is the difference between an AuD and a Hearing Aid Dispenser? A Hearing Aid Dispenser is trained to perform hearing tests in order to dispense hearing aids. These individuals are not able to diagnose hearing or balance issues. Only an Audiologist is recognized as a Medicare provider and has the medical knowledge and background to make a proper diagnosis.