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Audiologists

What does an Audiologist do?

Audiologists are hearing specialists who manage hearing health. They specialise in assessment, prevention and management of hearing loss, deafness and related conditions, including tinnitus and balance disorders. Audiologists provide assessment to all ages, from infants to adults, and help through the application of technology, rehabilitation and therapy. Adult hearing loss shows a comorbidity and associated increased risk for chronic health conditions including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular conditions. Appropriate audiological management of hearing loss and communication needs contributes to quality of life and relationships - important for chronic disease or mental health disorders.

Indigenous communities have a higher incidence of chronic ear disease and hearing loss.

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Services

  • Hearing screening and monitoring
  • Diagnostic audiological assessment
  • Hearing rehabilitation and communication programs
  • Hearing aid fitting
  • Implantable technology eg cochlear implants
  • Tinnitus counselling
  • Balance and neural assessment
  • Assessment of workplace hearing injury
  • Hearing conservation and education

Medicare Eligibility

To be eligible to provide services under the Medicare CDM items, audiologists must be a ‘Full Member’ of the Audiological Society of Australia (ASA), and hold a Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP).


Qualifications

Audiologists are required to hold a Bachelors Degree, and a two-year Masters Degree in Audiology as well as completing the ASA’s 12-month clinical internship program to be awarded the Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP). Audiologists who meet these requirements are entitled to use the letters MAudSA (CCP). Mandatory Continuing Professional Development is required to retain clinical certification.


 

 

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