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Audiologists evaluate and treat individuals with a hearing impairment or hearing disorder by planning and implementing prevention and rehabilitation treatments.

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Work Activities/Environment
Audiologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physiciansí offices, speech language and hearing centers, home health care agencies, schools, colleges, and universities. A few work in private practice or contract out their services. They often consult with speech pathologists, families, teachers and other professionals. They are trained to conduct tests with hearing devices and other equipment to determine type and degree of hearing impairment and to assess communication problems. Audiologists provide instruction in speech or lip reading, hearing aid fittings, testing noise levels in workplaces and teaching hearing loss prevention programs. Some audiologists conduct research on hearing, or they design and develop techniques for diagnosing and treating hearing problems. Audiologists may work part-time or full-time, although most work 40 hours a week.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study the sciences, health and related courses. A masterís degree in audiology is required. Course work includes study in speech, language, hearing, and communicative disorders as well as clinical training in the treatment of these disorders. Graduates with a masterís degree in the field must then complete a required number of hours in supervised clinical work, pass a written exam and finish a postgraduate internship to earn a Fellowship-AAA (F-AAA) from the American Academy of Audiology.

Educational Institutions
Marquette University
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Average $56,050

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Audiology
11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220
Reston, VA, 20191
800/222-2336 or 703/790-8466

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
1650 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA, 22314-2857

American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD, 20850-3289
800/638-8255 or 800/498-2071 or 301/296-5700

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD, 20850

Corporate Speech Pathology Network

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
3000 South Jamaica Court, Suite 390
Aurora, CO, 80014

Council on Academic Accrediation Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD, 20850-3289
800/638-8255 or 800/498-2071 or 301/296-5700

National Center for Voice and Speech
136 South Main Street, Suite 320
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101-1623

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #322
Rockville, MD, 20850
800/638-8255 or 800/498-2071 or 301/296-5700

Speech-Language Pathologist Organization
P.O. Box 880053
Boca Raton, FL, 33488-0053
888/820-8073 or 561/998-9501

Wisconsin Speech-Language-Pathology and Audiology Association
563 Carter Court, Suite B
Kimberly, WI, 54136
920/560-5642 or 800/545-0640

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