Consumer Resources

What is an Audiologist?

On average, most Americans don't know how to recognize the first signs of hearing loss or which health professional is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition. If you think you may have hearing loss, you need to see an Audiologist.

An audiologist is a licensed and clinically experienced health-care professional who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is to get your hearing evaluated by an audiologist. A hearing evaluation will determine the degree of hearing loss you have and what can be done. Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistative hearing devices, and hearing rehabilitation.

In response to the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with the California Academy of Audiology support National Audiology Awareness Month each October.

CAA Pediatric Brochure

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View the CAA/CSHA YouTube video: My Baby Has a Hearing Loss: A Starting Guide for Parents

View the CAA/CSHA YouTube video: Mi Bebe Tiene Pérdida De Audición

SPLAHADB Hearing Loss Booklet

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More Audiology Resources

Academy of Dispensing Audiologists

An excellent site for professional and consumers alike with information about audiology and hearing aids.

American Association of Retired People

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to shaping and enriching the experience of aging for our members and all Americans. It is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older.

American Academy of Audiology

The nation's premier audiology association with excellent information for professionals and consumers on a variety of topics.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The national certifying body for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

American Society on Aging

General information on aging and the effects of aging on hearing.

American Tinnitus Association

Excellent information on ringing in the ears (tinnitus) for professionals and consumers. You can join this organization here.

Association of Late-Deafened Adults

An organization founded specifically for those whose severe-to-profound earing loss began late in life. You can join this organization.

Audiology Foundation of America

The AFA is an organization for audiologists that focuses on further education of audiologists through the Doctor of Audiology degree.

Better Hearing Institute

A consumer-oriented website full of useful information on hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders.

California Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA)

CSHA fosters excellence in the profession of speech-langusge pathology and audiology through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

California Telephone Access-Program (CTAP)

CTAP is a program of the California Public Utilities Commissions Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program and is funded by a small surcharge that appears on all telephone bills in California.

Ear Foundation & Meniere's Network

Excellent resources for consumers on hearing loss, as well as information about the dizziness and tinnitus associated with Meniere's disease.

Hearing Loss Association of America

Formerly called Self-Help for Hard of Hearing  (SHHH), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is a non-profit, membership-driven organization dedicated to the well-being of all individuals with hearing loss. The largest international organization of its kind. Memberships are available.

Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, Inc. (HLAA-CA)

The California Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

Hearing Concern

Hearing Concern exists to help overcome the frustration, isolation, and loneliness experienced by millions of people in the United Kingdom who have hearing loss. It is the UK's leading provider of advice and support, campaigns on the behalf of its client group and promotes awareness of the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing people.

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers

A non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the real danger of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels which can lead to permanent, and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus. For musicians, music fans, and anyone needing help with their hearing.

Hearing Health Magazine

Hearing Health Magazine is a free publication by Hearing Health Foundation. You may read the current issue online or sign up for a free subscription.

Military Audiology Association

This site is dedicated to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.

Music Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL)

A disorder in which a person has been exposed to high levels of music over a prolonged period of time. People of all ages, demographics, and gender may be affected by MIHL. Music Induced Hearing Loss is caused from too much sound intensity going through and into the auditory system.

National Council on Aging

A searchable website full of information on aging, including age-related hearing loss.

National Health Council

A searchable website full of information about a variety of health-related issues, including hearing loss.

National Hearing Conservation Association

This organization strives to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. Memberships are available.

National Institute on Deafness (NID)

The NID(CD) is part of the National Institutions of Health. This site provides wonderful information about recent research and other aspects of hearing loss.

Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation

This manufacturer is committed to maintaining the most important musical instrument - the ear - while providing revolutionary on-stage sound reproduction through the use of in-ear monitors. Their goals are to provide effective, innovative hearing protection and conservation products, services and information for the music industry to heighten their awareness of occupational sound hazards.