Audiologists are specialists in hearing health care who provide diagnostic (find out what is wrong) and rehabilitative services (provide care or help treat) to individuals with hearing and balance problems. Specifically, audiologists specialize in the prevention, detection, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders.

Many audiologists fit and dispense hearing aids and give instructions on the use and care of hearing aids. Many also are involved in programs that monitor and help prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

Audiologists are involved in industrial hearing conservation programs and also serve as government consultants in areas such as noise abatement. Newborn baby hearing screening programs are also being developed in hospitals around the country to identify hearing impairments at an early age.

Go to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for current information about a career as an audiologist.