Audiologist

Audiologist

doctorofaudiology

14 Years Experience

Marlboro, NJ

Male, 37

I've been an audiologist for 14 years. I work with all types of patients, focusing on vestibular (balance) disorders and hearing aids. As I have worked in an Ear, Nose, Throat setting much of my career, I am also exposed to much of the medical side of audiology. ASK ME ANYTHING about being an audiologist.

DISCLAIMER: If you feel that you have a hearing or balance issue, please be sure to see your local ENT or audiologist. This Q&A is not designed to treat or diagnose your problems.

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Last Answer on July 17, 2017

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Do audiologists perform surgery of any kind?

Asked by brikhaus over 4 years ago

Not at this time, nor do we prescribe medications. But as the profession develops, you never know.

Why do rock stars wear ear pieces while performing? Doesn't that make it hard to hear yourself singing?

Asked by tiffany over 4 years ago

Rock stars are wearing monitors.  Monitors are used for hearing, not protecting.  Monitors present the vocals and the instruments through a complex sound board through the monitors so that all of the musicians are in sync.  Given the loudness of a rock concert, the band otherwise would not be able to know what the other members are doing.

Does damage to the OUTER ear (the visible part that sticks out of our heads) have any affect on a person's ability to hear? Like, if someone's out ear got lopped off, would his hearing be basically unchanged?

Asked by Van Geaux over 4 years ago

I do not believe that hearing would be "basically" unchanged. The auricle (ear lobe) acts as somewhat of a funnel. Without this "funnel", sound cannot be trapped and led to the internal parts of the ear. As a result, hearing may be off somewhat. On the flip side, if you cupped your hand around your ear, you would pick up more sound.

What tests are available to determine the extent of damage in the inner ear to the cilia or other parts?

Asked by Ramson about 4 years ago

Most audiologists will use their "bread and butter" test....the audiogram to assess hearing.  However, if you want to get more technical, otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) test hair cell integrity.  It is a non-invasive test that takes less than a minute via a probe.

As a police officer, I frequently run code (lights and siren). Siren output is about 120 dB @ 10'. Many sirens are mounted much closer than 10' to the officer. What's the hearing loss danger to repeated exposure? Say 5 min/night, 5 days/week.

Asked by Richard over 4 years ago

Exposure to sound at 120 dB for over 30 seconds is technically considered dangerous if repeatedly listened to.  The degree of damage varies...it depends on the length of your career...how long you have been doing this...etc.  But yes, there is danger.  It is my belief that all officers have annual audiological evaluations.

Does hearing loss count as a disability?

Asked by Mellie over 4 years ago

Yes...refer to the Americans with Disabilities act for more information.

What's the difference between audiologists and speech language pathologists? Do you work hand-in-hand with SLPs?

Asked by j.t. over 4 years ago

If I had a year to answer this...I wouldn't have enough time.  Audiologists are somewhat of an outbreak of Speech pathology, whereas many audiology programs were birthed from them.  Same goes for professional organizations.  They are completely different fields, but yes, do work together in certain environments.  For example, children with hearing loss work with an audiologist and SLP to develop appropriate speech and hearing in a team approach.