What does an Audiologist do?
Audiologists are non-medical providers of both hearing and balance (i.e. vestibular) related disorders. Audiologists provide patients with comprehensive evaluation of hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction. They provide (re)habilitative clinical services including auditory therapy and aspects of vestibular rehabilitation. This often includes evaluating the extent of hearing or vestibular loss and formulating a plan to improve their quality of life in spite of these difficulties. Audiologists work with technology for both assessment and rehabilitation services, including hearing amplification needs. They create custom-made ear molds, hearing protection, and swim plugs. Audiologists also fit, service, and repair hearing aids as well as activate and program cochlear implants once a surgeon has implanted the permanent portion of device.
Types of Work Environments
- Private Practices
- Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinics
- Research and Development
- Academic (University)
Education and Training Requirements
Audiologists must earn the designation Doctor of Audiology (Au. D.) by obtaining a graduate clinical doctorate degree in the field. The Au. D can be completed in three to four years if the candidate has a background in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students are also encouraged to have strong science undergraduate background. Although in some cases a second bachelor's degree may be required for those looking to enter the field without previous experiences, some programs offer a five-year program for those without requisite.
According to Indeed.com, the median salary for an audiologist is between $61,000 and $96,000 per year.