Check out this article in the Worcester Telegram on NIHL featuring MAA members Marcia Dean, Au.D. and Todd Sauter!
Massachusetts Academy of Audiology is a professional organization dedicated to serving the interests of audiologists and the people they provide hearing and balance testing and treatments for in Massachusetts. Our objective is to provide continuing education, monitor legislative concerns and mentor new audiologists. Established in 2006, the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology is a non-profit organization under the affiliation of the American Academy of Audiology.
Through our professional network we promote hearing healthcare in Massachusetts to all consumers as we continue to support our doctoring degree profession. The Massachusetts Academy of Audiology focuses on key professional issues, such as advancements in technology and their clinical outcomes, education and oversight surrounding regulatory and legislative changes, and the professional advancement of licensed audiologists.
What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.
- Evaluate and diagnose hearing loss and vestibular (balance) disorders prescribe, fit, and dispense hearing aids and other amplification and hearing assistance technologies
- Are members of cochlear implant teams
- Perform ear- or hearing-related surgical monitoring
- Design and implement hearing conservation programs
- Design and implement newborn hearing screening programs
- Provide hearing rehabilitation training such as auditory training and listening skills improvement
- Assess and treat individuals, especially children, with central auditory processing disorders
- Assess and treat individuals with tinnitus (noise in the ear, such as ringing)
Audiologists treat all ages and types of hearing loss:
the elderly, adults, teens, children, and infants.
- Almost all types of hearing loss are treatable by an audiologist.
- Most hearing loss that is caused by nerve damage can be treated by an audiologist with hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation.
- Audiologists work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, private practice, ENT offices, universities, K-12 schools, government, military, and Veterans’ Administration (VA) hospitals.
- Most audiologists earn a doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree. Some audiologists earn a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) or doctor of science (Sc.D.) degree in the hearing and balance sciences.
- Audiologists must be licensed or registered for practice in all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Massachusetts Academy of Audiology Mission
The mission of the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology is to advance the audiology profession and to support Massachusetts audiologists. By providing opportunities for professional growth and increasing public awareness of our profession, we will be able to promote the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.