Hearing and Speech What is an audiologist?
Hearing and Speech What is an audiologist?

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 audiology.

For more information please visit the Audiology Program.

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