Audiology is a part of
science that works with hearing, balance and related
problems. Audiologists are health care workers who diagnose, manage
and treat hearing problems.
At Children's Mercy Hospitals and
Clinics, audiologists test to see if a child
can hear within the normal range. If not, they figure out
which pitches children have trouble hearing and to what degree,
and what type of hearing loss children have. If the
audiologist finds that the child has hearing loss,
he/she talks with the child, the child's family and other
medical staff about a plan of action to help the child.
An audiologist has a degree in audiology, either a master's or a
doctorate. A certified audiologist will have the letters CCC-A
or FAAA behind his/her name. CCC-A stands for Certificate
of Clinical Competence, which means that the audiologist is
certified to work in clinical situations with patients.
This certification is given by the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In order to work
at Children's Mercy, an audiologist must have this
certification. FAAA stands for Fellow of the American Academy
of Audiology (AAA). AAA is an association that represents
For more information please visit the Audiology Program.