Audiologist (AUDT)

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  • Audiologists evaluate and treat individuals with hearing impairments, hearing disorders, or balance disorders by planning and implementing prevention and rehabilitation treatments.
  • 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 can provide instruction in speech or lip reading; do hearing aid fittings; test noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing loss prevention programs in industry, as well as in schools and communities.
  • They provide fitting and tuning of cochlear implants and provide the necessary rehabilitation for adjustment to listening with implant amplification systems.
  • In a variety of settings, they work as members of interdisciplinary professional teams in planning and implementing service delivery for children and adults, from birth to old age.
  • Few Audiologists are in private practice and contract out their services, although this role is increasing. They often consult with Speech Pathologists, families, teachers, and other professionals.
  • Audiologists may recommend, fit, and dispense large area amplification systems, such as alerting devices.
  • Audiologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician’s offices, Speech Language and Hearing Centers, Home Health Care Agencies, schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Some Audiologists conduct research on hearing, or they design and develop techniques for diagnosing and treating hearing problems.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Hearing Association (ASHA) reported over the last five years 100 percent of graduates who sought employment in this field found jobs within the first three months following graduation.
  • The number of persons with hearing impairments is expected to increase markedly. Hearing loss is strongly associated with aging and there is a rapid growth in the population age 55 and over.

 

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