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Audiologists are healthcare professionals who are highly trained to evaluate the function of the auditory and vestibular systems with the intent of diagnosing hearing and or balance disorders. The focus of this clinical doctoral scholarly project was to determine if there was a relationship between alcohol consumption and diagnostic testing performed within the scope of practice of audiology. A review of the literature revealed that there were effects of alcohol on various audiological tests including pure tone audiometry, otoacoustic emissions, acoustic reflex thresholds, auditory evoked potentials, and vestibular testing. Based on the findings, some clinical considerations were suggested, including the recommendation to reschedule diagnostic testing of patients who have reported alcohol use in the last 48 hours.