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Intro to Audiology Nicole Hella, B.S. Stacie VanBodegon, B.S.
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What is Audiology? Broadly audiology is the science of hearing More specifically, audiology is the discipline involved in the prevention, identification, and the evaluation of hearing disorders This also includes the evaluation of hearing aids, the habililitation/rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment. Habilitation: deals with patients who were born with or prelingual hearing loss Rehabilitation: deals with patients who acquired their hearing post lingually or later in life
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Work Sites Public and private schools Hospitals Rehabilitation centers Residential health facilities Community clinics Colleges and universities Private practice offices Health departments State and federal government agencies Industry with hearing conservation programs Long-term care facilities Community hearing and speech centers Physicians offices Research laboratories Operating rooms
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Specialty areas in audiology Pediatric audiologists : audiologic management of children of all ages Usually employed in children’s hospitals Medical audiologists : works with patients of all ages, primarily establishes the site and cause of a hearing loss Usually employed in hospitals in a hearing and speech dept., or dept. of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). Intraoperative monitoring : audiologists working in the OR.
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Special areas in audiology cont. Rehabilitative/dispensing audiologist : manages hearing loss of children and adults. Rehab. Audiologists are often seen in private practice, and health care facilities, and specialize in dispensing hearing aids Industrial audiologist : provides consultative hearing conservation services to companies whose workers are exposed to high noise levels Work in private practice, or part time basis Educational audiologist : Serves children in schools and is employed or contracted by the educational system
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Special areas in audiology cont. Vestibular Assessment : Audiologist can also assess the vestibular (balance) system due to the close proximity to auditory system. Vestibular disorders are associated with dizziness, called Vertigo , which is a sensation of spinning. Audiologist measure eye movement, called Nystagmus, through a series of tests.
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