Acadia Hearing Center

"Audiology is the science of hearing and hearing disorders as it relates to humans"

At Acadia Hearing Center, all services are provided by a state-licensed and board-certified audiologist.

What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a highly trained professional who performs tasks and tests related to hearing and hearing disorders.

His education consists of a four year bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Disorders. Audiologists then go on to graduate study for up to 6 years in their specialty. Some Audiologists advance in their profession to the Doctoral level. David Cuthbertson, Acadia Hearing Center's owner/audiologist, received his Doctoral degree in the fall of 2007.

In reality, an audiologist never really stops 'going to school'. He must continue to attend courses throughout his career in order to stay abreast of new techniques and technologies.

Audiologists are licensed and regulated both nationally and at the state level. They must maintain the highest standards of expertise and ethics as well as actively participating in an active program of continuing education in order to retain their credentials.

An audiologist is the one person who is trained clinically, academically and professionally to evaluate hearing disorders and, when necessary, the need for medical intervention for a hearing problem. Many audiologists also dispense hearing health devices including hearing aids and assistive listening technologies.

Audiologists work in a variety of settings but most work in the direct provision of services to their patients in private and university hospitals, speech and hearing clinics, and ear, nose and throat physician's offices. Many, like myself, are independent, private practitioners of Audiology but will consult with the above mentioned facilities on a regular basis.

What is a Hearing Evaluation?

Man with hand by earA hearing evaluation is a test, or a series of tests, performed by an Audiologist. These tests determine if there is a hearing loss of any kind and help to determine the possible source.

After being seated comfortably inside our soundproof booth, the evaluation usually starts by having a patient indicate to the tester that they have heard a series of very soft tones or beeps. This will generally reveal the extent and type of hearing loss.

An audiologist often performs tests of word reception and comprehension in addition to the tone testing. These tests are used to determine more than just the extent and type of hearing loss present. These advanced tests show what the person can do with the hearing they have left.

Some hearing losses are more amenable to medical treatment while others are better corrected with the use of hearing aids. Hearing loss may look identical for the two ears on paper, but an audiologist may find that one ear has better use of its residual hearing for example.

A proper hearing evaluation is vital to obtaining the best treatment for your individual needs.

At Acadia Hearing Center, all testing involves active participation by an Audiologist. We don't simply 'plug you in' to a computer program while we're off drinking coffee. We are there - always in sight outside the hearing booth window - doing the actual testing using state-of-the-art equipment, monitoring the results and validating your test as it's occurring. Your hearing health is important - to BOTH of us - and we want to be sure it's measured with accuracy and precision.

And please remember:

Not everyone who sells hearing aids or offers hearing tests is an audiologist. Do not ASSSUME!


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