- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.