Hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Audiologists are health care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.
If a speech, language or swallowing problem is suspected, you can contact an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist for a complete diagnostic speech and language evaluation. All treatment or rehabilitation options will be discussed after the problem has been identified.
If a hearing problem is suspected, you can contact an ASHA certified or state licensed audiologist for a full diagnostic hearing evaluation. The audiologist will either refer the child or adult for medical treatment (cerumen removal, ear infections) or provide non-medical treatment for hearing loss, such as amplification (hearing aids, cochlear implants). Aural rehabilitation options will also be discussed if needed.