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  • EarAudiology is a subspecialty of Clinical Physiology, professionals working in this field may be called Audiologists, Audiological Scientists and they generally work with people who have hearing, balance, and related ear issues. They examine individuals of all ages and identify those with the symptoms of hearing loss and other auditory conditions including balance and sometimes other related sensory and neural problems. They then assess hearing loss subjectively and objectively or perform other investigations to ascertain the extent of the problems and help the individuals manage them.

    Using specialist equipment, such as audiometers and tympanometers, computers, and other testing devices, they measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, their hearing threshold, the ability to distinguish between sounds and the impact of hearing loss on daily life. In addition, audiologists may use special computer equipment to evaluate and diagnose balance disorders. Audiologists interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical, educational, and psychological information to provide supportive diagnostic information to facilitate a course of treatment.

    Hearing disorders can result from a variety of causes including trauma at birth, viral infections, genetic disorders, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, or ageing. Treatment may include medication, examination and cleaning of the ear canal, fitting and dispensing hearing aids, or fitting and programming cochlear implants. Audiological problems may also be treated with counselling on how to adjust to hearing loss, training on the use of hearing instruments and teaching communication tactics and strategies for use in a variety of environments such as those with a loud ambient noise like restaurants.

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    Some audiologists specialise in working with the elderly, children, or hearing-impaired individuals who need specific treatment programs. Some work in Hearing Conservation (civil or military) and develop then implement ways to protect workers' hearing from exposure to loud noise. They measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing protection programs industry or other noisy environments.

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