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What do audiologists do?

Audiologists are highly qualified allied health professionals trained to assess, diagnose, and treat hearing loss.

Some audiologists will focus specifically on seeing infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

An audiologist may be involved in several aspects of your child’s support, including:

  • completing hearing assessments
  • prescribing hearing aids
  • fitting and managing hearing aids
  • hearing rehabilitation
  • management of complex hearing issues.

Audiologists must complete an undergraduate university degree and a master’s in audiology, plus ongoing professional development to keep up to date with advances in communication and hearing science.

You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see an audiologist, but it’s a good idea to check in with your GP or child and family health nurse if you have any concerns about your child’s development or wellbeing. You can look for an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist in your area using Audiology Australia’s search function, which includes several filters to help you find one who focuses on areas of practice including hearing loss, cochlear and other implants, and hearing aid fitting and management.