What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a hearing healthcare professional that specializes in the non-medical diagnosis, management, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. An audiologist holds either a Doctorate or Master’s degree from an accredited university in the field of Audiology.
In Connecticut, all audiologists need to be licensed to practice audiology by the State of Connecticut.
Where can I find an Audiologist?
Audiologists practice in many types of settings. Private practice, hospital, medical center clinic, in conjunction with an otolaryngologist and public schools are a few places that you will find audiologists practicing in Connecticut.
What do the letters after an audiologist’s name mean?
Audiologists possess either a doctorate or masters degree in audiology. The Au.D. is a clinical doctorate degree specific to the profession of audiology.
Doctorate degrees an audiologist may possess
Master degrees an audiologist may possess
Fellowships and certifications
ABA - Board Certified in Audiology
FAAA- Has met the requirements to become Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology
CCC-A – Holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Hearing Aid Compatible Cell Phones
Many persons that wear hearing aids report difficulty using cell phone with their hearing aids. There are some cell phones that are hearing aid compatible, but in many cases trying to determine which cell phones that are hearing aid compatible can be a daunting task when you are in the cell phone store speaking with the salesperson.
Here is some helpful information that you will need to review when you are looking for a new cell phone. When you discuss hearing aid compatibility with the sales person, it is important to ask to see the phone’s specifications.
There are 2 ratings that you should be looking for:
M – The rating of the quality of the microphone: The rating scale ranges from 1 -4. A rating of M3 or M4 meets the FCC requirements of being compatible with hearing aids. M4 is the highest rating.
T – The rating of the telecoil: The rating scale ranges from 1 – 4. A rating of T3 or T4 meets the FCC requirements of being compatible with hearing aids. T4 is the highest rating.
FCC fact sheet on hearing aid compatibility for telephone equipment.