At Berge Hearing Clinic we have only Doctors of Audiology practicing in our office.
An audiologist is a professional health care provider who holds a license in their respective province to practice audiological (hearing) but more accurately audiovestibular care, management and treatment.
In Canada the minimum entry-level requirement to become an audiologist is a Master’s degree, which obviously follows a 4-year bachelors degree from a university.
While in Canada the requirement to become an audiologist in Canada, still only requires a Masters Degree while the ‘gold standard’ in the United States, Europe, and arguably the rest of the world, now requires a doctoral degree.
The Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) is a post baccalaureate degree followed by a 4 year professional degree (similar to a dentist – D.D.S., a Doctor of Optometry – O.D., or a Chiropractor – D.C.). Within a traditional medical model of training, the Au.D. degree provides a more extensive approach which includes academic as well as clinical rotations, more in-depth and specialized training related to the hearing and balance systems as well as further overall medical knowledge not limited to anatomy and physiology, neurology, pharmacology, assessment and treatment of vestibular (balance) disorders.