Dennis Hampton, Ph.D
280 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, New York 10605
(914) 761-4455

Audiologists:
Professionals in Hearing Healthcare

The audiologist is the non-medical healthcare professional specializing in the evaluation and rehabilitation of people with hearing loss.

 

Audiologists have either a master's or doctoral degree in audiology, have earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and are licensed by the State of New York. A master's degree in audiology usually requires two years of graduate study beyond the college degree. Coursework includes anatomy and physiology of the ear, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics, behavioral and electrophysiologic testing, hearing aids, and the study of lipreading, auditory training and other rehabilitation techniques. The state license is awarded after completing a one-year supervised internship and passing a national examination in audiology.

 

The modern field of audiology began in the Veterans Hospitals following World War II. For many years, audiologists worked primarily in hospitals, universities and rehabilitation centers. Today, audiologists are also in private practices, schools, and community speech and hearing centers. Sub-specialties include infant hearing assessment, evaluation and treatment of tinnitus, evaluation and rehabilitation services for people with hearing loss, industrial and recreational audiology, evaluation of balance disorders and educational audiology.

 

Because of the rapid pace of developments in audiology, ongoing continuing education is virtually mandatory. For example, real ear measurements, rarely done 10 years ago, today are routine. This procedure uses a probe microphone, placed in the ear canal between the hearing aid and eardrum, to measure the actual acoustic effects of a hearing aid in situ. The development of new hearing aid technology, based on digital programming and microprocessing capabilities, means going back to school to learn new fitting techniques.

 

Keeping up with these developments makes this a demanding and exciting time in audiology. We believe that people with hearing loss deserve the best professional care and we know that our patients are benefiting from these advances in hearing healthcare.