An audiologist is a specialist who deals with the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders of patients of all ages. The audiologist’s role is to conduct diagnostic tests and propose the optimal method of treatment, rehabilitation or hearing prosthesis.
Children at nursery and preschool age are particularly at risk of ear and upper respiratory tract infections (otitis media exudate, auditory trumpet obstruction, tonsil throat hypertrophy, palatal tonsil hypertrophy) resulting in temporary hearing impairment. Therefore, whenever a parent notices worse reactions of the child to auditory stimuli and verbal commands, delayed speech acquisition, twisting of words, fuzzy speech, poor, loud speaking… etc. should consult an audiologist.