16 Years Experience

Marlboro, NJ

Male, 40

I've been an audiologist for 16 years. I work with all types of patients, focusing on balance disorders, tinnitus, 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 March 21, 2020

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Which direction should I look in?
No one is willing to diagnose me, I need some help for WHAT I should be seeking a diagnosis for even at this point... :(

Asked by Robert Shields over 7 years ago

I don't know where you are, but most certainly, if this is a concern for you. please visit a higher level Neurotologist. They are a subspecialist ENT who is focused on the ear and internal structures.

How many hearing aids on average does an clinic sell per year?
What is the average cost of one hearing aid?

Asked by bruce wayne about 10 years ago

Sorry I did not get to you earlier as I didn't see this. The long and the short of it is that it depends on the type of clinic and what region of the country they are. I currently work in a large ENT practice with multiple doctors and audiologists. As a result, our hearing aid sales are in the hundreds. A small ENT practice may sell 150-250, depending on how hearing aids are promoted. Private practices will sell more as that is how the clinic stays in business. As for prices, the cost will vary. It varies by technology, as each manufacturer of hearing aids will put out 3-6 levels of sophistication. Additionally, each practice will set their prices, which may or may not include service, batteries, and specific warranties. At the end of the day, I've seen hearing aids sold for as little as $500 to as high as $4000 per unit.

Is it possible for tinnitus/hyperacusis to arise a few months after noise exposure? Went to two concerts last May, Gun range w/ protection in July. Very mild hyperacusis emerged around November. Very mild tinnitus emerged shortly after around Dec/Jan

Asked by Antonio almost 8 years ago

Perhaps. It can vary case by case. Sometimes we can have delayed reponses...or rather, it may simply be something else that trips the problem into existence.

My told we doesn't speak well and failed her hearing test and shows lots of signs of hearing loss. Had a sedated abr which was originally told abnormal then told normal and has a type Ad tympanogram which I was told was ok due to passed abr. Thoughts

Asked by Jen34geg over 8 years ago

I know having a sedated ABR may have been traumatic, but perhaps another one would be beneficial. Unless I am reading this wrong, the test was EXPLAINED as abnormal, THEN normal. Is that correct? The one test can only be interpreted one way. If your question actually indicates that two tests were done, one would be generally likely to accept the normal test. However, just to be safe, can you go to a different facility for a double check? If I did not answer your question well, please respond and give me more details.

how do non-verbal clients respond to air bone conduction test and speech stimuli ?

Asked by Samsam over 9 years ago

It depends on the level of functioning. Audiologists will work their way down the aging scale to see what kind of interaction a patient can give. We start with adult performance, then work our way down to pediatric test such as play audiometry and visual reinforcement audiology. If none work, consider an ABR, a brainstem test that does not involve response from the patient.

Is it normal to hear a hissing or ringing sound in a silent environment? I get mixed answers when I ask people this. I have been to concerts without protection so my question is, do I have tinnitus due to loud noise, or is this a normal?

Asked by Sal over 8 years ago

Any sound that a person hears "in their heads" is tinnitus. It is not normal. Please go to a hearing specialist for a hearing evaluation. This will give us more data on what is going on with the sound.

Hi I'm a highschool student interested in audiology and I was just wondering about the pros and cons of the career and if you could tell me anything about that? Any advice is also appreciated

Asked by CC about 9 years ago

Pros: Growing career. Many more people over the years will need hearing and balance services, as our population is growing and growing. Tens of millions of people will be aging longer, prompting even more need for vestibular and hearing services.

Cons: With all healthcare fields, insurance reimbursements often make it hard to function. With hearing aids, there are so many avenues to purchase them. The population may be focused on pricing and flashy newspaper ads over professional services. This kind of cheapens our profile.

In recent years, audiology is always listed as a top profession. However, we are still relatively young and don't have an official identity. Thus, we have a field of those with doctoral degrees, some without, those who are simply hearing aid dispensers, educational audiologists, etc, etc.. Our governing body is not very strong, financially and politically.