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The Audiology (from Latin audire , hear ', and Greek logos , teaching') is concerned when after the Second World War Resulting multidisciplinary field of work and science in all aspects of auditory perception , that of hearing in the sense of perception of sound. However, because of the large number of physical and biological effects involved in hearing, research into hearing is primarily a research area in medicine , the natural sciences and engineering .

Goals and audiological disciplines

The goals of audiology are to explain the processes involved in hearing down to the last detail, research into hearing impairments (diseases of the hearing organs , auditory tracts and the associated brain centers) and the development of treatment options. In addition, hearing acoustics deals with all aspects of hearing that occur in both normal and hard of hearing under natural and technical conditions. Hearing aid acoustics is a special area .

The field of audiology, which deals with hearing disorders, is also a branch of medicine, more precisely a branch of ear, nose and throat medicine (ENT). When researching hearing, audiology relies, among other things, on the methods of audiometry (hearing test procedures) and psychoacoustics . Audiometry is concerned with measuring (human) hearing, which is carried out by ENT doctors and hearing aid acousticians in health care.

Among the applied sciences, pedagogy for the hearing impaired is centrally concerned with audiology. It describes its activity as educational audiology or audio education . This deals with diagnosis, equipment supply, maintenance and control of hearing aids, constant support of those affected with regard to hearing development, technical possibilities, etc. as well as interdisciplinary cooperation.

In 1996 the Society for Audiology was founded in Germany .

See also

  • Hearing care professional (also hearing aid acoustician or hearing aid acoustician )


  • F. Keller: Keywords from acoustics, audiology and hearing aid science. Heidelberg 1996.

Web links

Commons : Audiology  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Christian von Deuster: Audiology. In: Werner E. Gerabek , Bernhard D. Haage, Gundolf Keil , Wolfgang Wegner (eds.): Enzyklopädie Medizingeschichte. De Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2005, ISBN 3-11-015714-4 , p. 116.
  2. ^ M. Hoke, B. Kollmeier : First annual meeting of the German Society for Audiology. In: Journal of Audiology. Volume 37, 1998, p. 54 f.