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Audiology Hearing Aids Speech Pathology

Audiology Services
 

  What is an Audiologist?
   
  • Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages.
        
  • Audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing problem.
        
  • Audiologists present a variety of a treatment options to patients with hearing impairment.
        
  • Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.
        
  • Audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing problem needs medical or surgical evaluation.
       

   
As an audiologist, Michele Wilson, Ph.D.,
is a professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss.

  Where do Audologists Work?
   
  • Audiologists work in private practice offices, hospitals and medical centers, clinics, public and private schools, universities, rehabilitation or speech and hearing centers, health maintenance organizations, and nursing homes. 
       
  • Audiologists work closely with government agencies, practicing physicians and hearing aid manufacturers.
       
  • Audiologists conduct clinical activities with patients, are involved in hearing research, dispense hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and teach at universities and medical schools.
       

   
Michele Wilson, Ph.D.,
works in a private, professional office in Irvine, California,  with the latest equipment for audiology and speech therapy services.

   Why should someone with hearing loss be evaluated
   by an audiologist?
   
  • Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders.
       
  • Audiologists are required to complete a full-time internship and pass a demanding national competency examination. By virtue of their graduate education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients to medical treatment and provide hearing rehabilitation services.
       

   
Michele Wilson, Ph.D.,
holds academic credentials as an audiologist and speech pathologist from major universities.

  What do Audiologists do?
   
  • Hearing testing. Audiologists use specialized equipment to obtain accurate results about hearing loss. They also inspect the eardrum with an otoscope, perform ear wax removal, conduct diagnostic audiologic tests, and check for medically related hearing problems. Hearing loss is caused by medical problems about 10% of the time. Audiologists are educated to recognize medical problems and refer patients to ear, nose and throat physicians (otolaryngologists). 
       
  • Hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Most persons with hearing impairment can benefit from the use of hearing aids, and audiologists dispense the majority of hearing aids in the United States. Follow-up care and hearing aid accessories are also provided. Audiologists are also experts with assistive listening equipment and personal alerting devices.
       
  • Education and training. Audiologists provide education and training so that persons with hearing impairment can benefit from amplification and communication devices.
       
  • Hearing services and counseling. Audiologists are vitally concerned that every person, regardless of age, benefit from good hearing. Audiologists provide individual counseling to help those with hearing loss function more effectively in social, educational and occupational environments. It is a fact of life that we lose hearing acuity as we grow older, and hearing problems are commonly associated with the elderly. Audiologists are committed to helping senior citizens hear better.
       
  • Hearing conservation programs. Prolonged exposure to loud noise causes permanent hearing loss. Because audiologists are concerned with the prevention of hearing loss, they hey are often involved in implementing programs to protect the hearing of individuals who are exposed to noisy industrial and recreational situations.
       

   
Michele Wilson, Ph.D.,
assesses individual hearing ability and specializes in fitting the most appropriated hearing solutions based on test results. These may include the latest state-of-the-art digital hearing aids as well as cost-effective traditional analog hearing aids. Patient counseling and thorough training are provided as part of the service. 

AUDIOLOGISTS -- YOUR HEARING CARE PROVIDERS

For further information, contact Michele Wilson, Ph.D.

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Audiology Hearing Aids Speech Pathology
Certified Member of American-Speech-Hearing Association
Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology

4010 Barranca, Suite 220 (at Culver), Irvine, California 92604
Phone: (949) 857-6051 Fax: (949) 857-0941
E-mail: michelewilsonphd@gmail.com