Acoustic – Pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound or to the science of sound.
Audiologist – Person responsible for the clinical measurement of hearing loss, assists in determining the type of hearing loss and evaluates the patient for the use of amplification (hearing aids or an auditory training FM unit).
Auditory - means of or relating to the process of hearing.
Auditory System – The sensory system for hearing. Processes sound information as it travels from the ear to the brain.
Aural - of or pertaining to the ear or the sense of hearing.
Cochlear Implant (CI) - A surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
Congenital - Present at birth. The acoustic nerve sends sound information from the ear to the brain.
Conductive – Having the quality or power of conducting heat or electricity or sound.
Octologist – a physician who specializes in problems of the ear determines if the hearing loss can be medically corrected and helps determine the cause of the hearing loss.
Otologist - A doctor who specializes in problems of the ear, nose and throat.
Pediatrician - Person who evaluates a child for general health problems.
Psychologist – Person responsible for assessing the patient’s abilities and needs, learning style, interpersonal relationship skills and stage of development.
Sensorineural – Of or having to do with sensory nerves, as in a hearing loss caused by faulty sensory nerves.
Speech-Language Pathologist - Person who evaluates language understanding and speech ability, and is responsible for designing and implementing a concentrated program of communication therapies, with appropriate goals and expectations.