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Communication and hearing and balance health are essential in all aspects of your life including relationships, success in school and work, sports and activities, and overall social and emotional well-being.

Audiologists can help you improve the quality of your life and work with you to evaluate your hearing and determine the type and degree of your hearing loss or balance condition. 

Hearing loss is the third-most common chronic health condition for adult Americans (National Center for Health Statistics, 2012). Hearing loss can occur at any age. Although hearing loss might occur suddenly, it most often develops over several years or decades. Some of the reasons for changes in hearing include aging, use of some types of medications, exposure to loud sounds, serious infections, accidents, and others. An audiologist can help find the right treatment plan for your needs.

What Is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders in newborns, children, and adults.

Hearing and Balance Conditions

If you’re experiencing symptoms that are affecting your hearing and balance, learn more about hearing and balance conditions that an audiologist can diagnose and treat.

Managing Hearing Loss and Balance Conditions

There are a variety of ways an audiologist can help you manage the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing including recommending devices to aid in hearing such as cochlear implants and rehabilitation.

More Resources

Hearing loss and balance conditions can affect anyone at any age. From newborns to seniors, it's important to protect one's hearing and balance health. Find resources for these age groups and more here.

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Finding an
Audiologist Near You

The Find an Audiologist Directory of Academy Fellow members can help guide you to a professional near you. Search by symptom, speciality, certification, and location.

Who We Are

These consumer-friendly pages were developed by Academy audiologists to give consumers an overview of hearing, hearing loss, hearing aids, common conditions, and more. The information found here is not intended as and is not a substitute for professional health-care advice. The Academy encourages you to speak with an audiologist or other health-care professional if you have a specific area of concern or need health-care advice. 

Audiologists are held to the highest medical standards. Have questions about audiology ethics or want to report an ethics violation? Find further information below.

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