Audiologist (AUDT)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • 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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High School Courses

  • Students should take a college preparatory curriculum.
  • Helpful high school courses should include Anatomy & Physiology, chemistry, foreign language (minimum of two years), Public Speaking, and Statistics and Probability.

Education and Training

  • According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as of 2012, Audiologists will have to earn a Doctoral degree in order to be certified/licensed.
  • Prerequisites for admission to programs in Audiology include courses in English/language arts, mathematics, Communication Sciences, Health, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, the humanities, and technology.
  • Graduation from an accredited program offers an assurance that the academic and clinical experience obtained meets standards set nationally to obtain a license.
  • Marquette University offers an undergraduate major in Audiology.
  • UW-Eau Claire offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree. Students complete a comprehensive major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and from other selected departments complete a minor. The comprehensive major has many courses concentrated toward school licensure.
  • UW-Stevens Point offers a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders with an education or clinical option. A Master’s Degree in Audiology is available. UW-Stevens Point offers a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology.
  • UW-Madison offers a few opportunities. A Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree (through the School of Education) in Communicative Disorders can be obtained. UW-Madison offers a Doctorate Program in Audiology. The Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) prepares one for eligibility for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. A combined MS/PhD program is an option for those interested in a research or academic career.
  • Coursework usually includes: Anatomy & Physiology for Speech & Language, Audiologic Habilitation, Language Impairments of Young Children, psychology, statistics, and Clinical Procedures.

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

Method of Entry

  • According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), beginning January 1, 2012, all applicants for Certification in Audiology will be required to have a doctoral degree (PhD or AuD), pass a proficiency exam AND verify completion of academic and clinical experience that meets standards set nationally to be certified/licensed.
  • The doctoral degree in Audiology must be from an accredited academic institution approved by the examining board by rule. The doctoral degree program must consist of not less than 3 years of educational course work and not less than 12 months of clinical rotation or externship.
  • Applicants for the Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) must pass a Praxis Exam AND verify completion of requirements for the degree (See ASHA.org).
  • Applicants must submit evidence satisfactory to the examining board that he or she has completed education or training that the examining board determines is substantially equivalent.
  • Must pass an exam or completion of education or training that the Board determines is substantially equivalent to the exams approved by the board; an applicant for an audiologist license shall also complete an examination administered by the examining board that consists of practical tests of proficiency in techniques that pertain to the fitting of hearing aids.
  • Must submit evidence satisfactory to the examining board that individual has completed a postgraduate Clinical Fellowship in audiology approved by the examining board or has completed education or training that the examining board determines is substantially equivalent to the completion of such a Fellowship. Supervision must be provided by individuals who hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Audiology. Hours may be counted for direct patient/client contact, consultation, record keeping, and administrative duties relevant to audiology services.

Professional Organizations

Academy of Doctors of Audiology
3493 Lansdowne Dr., Suite 2
Lexington, KY, 40517
866/493-5544
www.audiologist.org

American Academy of Audiology
11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220
Reston, VA, 20191
800/222-2336 or 703/790-8466
www.audiology.org/

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
1650 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA, 22314-2857
703/836-4444
www.entnet.org/

American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology
www.aappspa.org/

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

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD, 20850
301/296-8703
www.ashfoundation.org/default.htm

Corporate Speech Pathology Network
www.corspan.org/index.php

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
3000 South Jamaica Court, Suite 390
Aurora, CO, 80014
303/835-9089
www.capcsd.org/

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
www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/

Educational Audiology Association
700 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 708
Pittsburgh, PA, 15237
800/460-7EAA (7322)
www.edaud.org

National Center for Voice and Speech
136 South Main Street, Suite 320
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101-1623
801/596.2012
www.ncvs.org/

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

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

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

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 160
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 13,200
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 16,900
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 29%
Expected Annual Openings: 680
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $73,697

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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  • Most full-time Audiologists work about 40 hours per week.
  • Some work part-time.
  • Those who work on a contract basis may spend a substantial amount of time traveling between facilities.

Experienced Audiologists in large school districts or health organizations may become department administrators. Others conduct research and teach. Some enter private practice.