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Audiologist (Doctor of Audiology)

Audiologists diagnose and treat balance and hearing disorders, administer rehabilitative services, evaluate amplification devices and teach patients how to use them, and lobby elected officials to pass laws to reduce noise pollution.

Audiologists treat patients of all ages. They also:
  • Treat hearing problems with digital hearing aids and other technology
  • Troubleshoot cochlear implants and collaborate with other audiologists on cochlear implant teams.
  • Organize and initiate early detection and screening programs
  • Consult with factories, the military, and music production companies to discuss strategies to protect hearing protection
  • Treat people with communication problems
Audiologists have similar duties as speech and language pathology specialists. Many audiologists receive additional training to work as speech-language pathologists.

Working Conditions
Audiologists are employed at hearing aid companies, public health departments, HMOs, hospitals, schools, and private clinics. Audiologists should have good communication skills, work well with children, and have good analytical skills. They typically work between 40-50 hours every week, but many audiologists are employed part-time. Audiologists frequently collaborate with other medical professionals.

Career Training and Education
Audiologists hold doctorate degrees in audiology (AuD). If this career interests you, enroll in a program recognized by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.

As an undergraduate, take classes in biology, chemistry, math, speech and hearing, psychology, phonetics, and linguistics.

After earning an AuD, you'll qualify to become certified with the Council for Clinical Certification. Insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid reimburse certified audiologists.

Every state requires audiologists to satisfy certain licensure requirements, which typically include completing over 300 hours of clinical experience, passing a test, and obtaining 9 months of supervised patient treatment experience. 42 states require audiologists to complete continuing education periodically. Additional information about careers in audiology can be obtained from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
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