Audiological Medicine is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children. In addition to the rehabilitative/habilitative aspects of the chronic disorders encompassed within the specialty, a broad general medical training allows appropriate investigation and medical management of the plethora of conditions of both peripheral otological and central nervous system origin, presenting with acute audio-vestibular symptoms, including infectious, inflammatory, vascular, traumatic and metabolic disorders. A multidisciplinary approach is adopted to these problems, including as well tinnitus, dysacuses and communication disorders, aimed at improving the well-being and quality of life of the individual concerned.
Training in the specialty includes aspects of Developmental Paediatrics, Geriatrics, Medical Genetics, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology and Psychiatry, as well as an MSc in Audiological Medicine. This breadth of training facilitates continuing research and development into methods of prevention of two of the most common sensory disabilities.
More information can be found at - http://www.jrcptb.org.uk/trainingandcert/ST3-SpR/Pages/Audiological-Medicine.aspx
A helpful article “A career in Audiovestibular Medicine” by Louisa Murdin and Breege Mac Ardle was published in the BMJ on 30th August 2012. This is available on the BMJ website: