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Become An Audiologist

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Working As An Audiologist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $66,934

    Average Salary

What Does An Audiologist Do

Audiologists diagnose, manage, and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, or related ear problems. 

Duties

Audiologists typically do the following:

  • Examine patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problems
  • Assess the results of the examination and diagnose problems
  • Determine and administer treatment to meet patients’ goals
  • Provide treatment for tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing in the ear
  • Fit and dispense hearing aids
  • Counsel patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate, such as by lip reading or through technology
  • Evaluate patients regularly to check on hearing and balance and to continue or change the treatment plan
  • Record patient progress
  • Research the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders
  • Educate patients on ways to prevent hearing loss

Audiologists use audiometers, computers, and other devices to test patients’ hearing ability and balance. They work to determine the extent of hearing damage and identify the underlying cause. Audiologists measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds and the person’s ability to distinguish between sounds and understand speech.

Before determining treatment options, audiologists evaluate psychological information to measure the impact of hearing loss on a patient. Treatment may include cleaning wax out of ear canals, fitting and checking hearing aids, or fitting the patient with cochlear implants to improve hearing. Cochlear implants are tiny devices that are placed under the skin near the ear and deliver electrical impulses directly to the auditory nerve in the brain. This allows a person with certain types of deafness to be able to hear.

Audiologists also counsel patients on other ways to cope with profound hearing loss, such as by learning to lip read or by using technology. 

Audiologists can help a patient suffering from vertigo or other balance problems. They work with patients and provide them with exercises involving head movement or positioning that might relieve some of their symptoms.

Some audiologists specialize in working with the elderly or with children. Others educate the public on hearing loss prevention. Audiologists may design products to help protect the hearing of workers on the job. Audiologists who are self-employed hire employees, keep records, order equipment and supplies, and complete other tasks related to running a business.

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How To Become An Audiologist

Audiologists need a doctoral degree and must be licensed in all states. Requirements for licensure vary by state.

Education

The doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) is a graduate program that typically takes 4 years to complete. A bachelor’s degree in any field is needed to enter one of these programs.

Graduate coursework includes anatomy, physiology, physics, genetics, normal and abnormal communication development, diagnosis and treatment, pharmacology, and ethics. Programs also include supervised clinical practice. Graduation from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation is required to get a license in most states.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Audiologists must be licensed in all states. Requirements vary by state. For specific requirements, contact your state’s licensing board for audiologists.

Audiologists can earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They also may be credentialed through the American Board of Audiology. Certification can be earned by graduating from an accredited doctoral program and passing a standardized exam. Certification may be required by some states or employers. Some states may allow certification in place of some education or training requirements needed for licensure.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Audiologists need to communicate test results, diagnoses, and proposed treatments, so patients clearly understand the situation and options. They also may need to work on teams with other healthcare providers and education specialists regarding patient care.

Compassion. Audiologists work with patients who may be frustrated or emotional because of their hearing or balance problems. Audiologists should be empathetic and supportive of patients and their families.

Critical-thinking skills. Audiologists must concentrate when testing a patient’s hearing and be able to analyze each patient’s situation, to offer the best treatment. They must also be able to provide alternative plans when patients do not respond to initial treatment. 

Patience. Audiologists must work with patients who may need a lot of time and special attention.

Problem-solving skills. Audiologists must figure out the causes of problems with hearing and balance and determine the appropriate treatment or treatments to address them.

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Real Audiologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Audiologist/Researcher Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jul 01, 2011 $144,500
Audiologists International Professional Institute Corp Miami, FL Mar 26, 2014 $96,762
Audiologist Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2013 $95,930
Audiologist Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jun 01, 2015 $91,520 -
$106,080
Audiologist University Healthcare Alliance Sutter, CA Jan 07, 2016 $90,000
Audiologist University Medical Group, Inc. Sutter, CA Jul 01, 2016 $90,000
Audiologist University Medical Group, Inc. Sutter, CA Jan 07, 2016 $90,000
Audiologists Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Apr 08, 2013 $89,407
Audiologist Stanford Hospital & Clinics Stanford, CA Apr 01, 2011 $89,107
Audiologist Helix Hearing Care California Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 01, 2016 $88,000
Audiologist University Medical Group, Inc. Sutter, CA Jan 07, 2016 $87,760 -
$126,231
Audiologists Microtone Audiology, Inc. Napa, CA Jun 26, 2014 $87,422 -
$92,422
Audiologist Ear Nose & Throat Clinic Los Gatos, CA Sep 17, 2014 $85,567
Audiologist Saint Peter's University Hospital New Brunswick, NJ Aug 01, 2012 $77,000
Audiologist Audiology Distribution LLC New York, NY Jun 01, 2016 $76,760
Research Audiologist GN Hearing Care Corporation Glenview, IL Feb 17, 2016 $75,629
Audiologist Associates In Hearing Healthcare Barrington, NJ Aug 03, 2016 $75,400
Audiologist Sonus USA, Inc. Mission Hills, CA Jan 17, 2011 $75,000
Audiologist Helix Hearing Care California Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 01, 2016 $75,000
Audiologist Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland Oakland, CA Sep 15, 2012 $74,777 -
$108,274
Staff Audiologist Tustin Hearing Center, Inc. Tustin, CA Nov 04, 2014 $70,000
Audiologist The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Cooperstown, NY Jul 31, 2015 $69,930
Audiologist McAllen Hospitalist Group PLLC Edinburg, TX Nov 01, 2012 $68,000
Audiologist Timothy C. Hain M.D., P.C. Chicago, IL Sep 14, 2016 $67,828
Audiologists Advanced Bionics Santa Clarita, CA Jul 24, 2012 $67,500 -
$79,500
Audiologist Ear, Nose, and Throat Consultants, P.C. Southfield, MI Sep 13, 2013 $67,000
Audiologist Ear, Nose, and Throat Consultants, P.C. Novi, MI Sep 13, 2013 $67,000
Audiologist Sound Solutions Hearing & Balance Centers Inc. La Palma, CA Sep 10, 2014 $66,934

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Top Skills for An Audiologist

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Top Audiologist Skills

  1. Diagnostic Audiological Services
  2. Comprehensive Audiologic Evaluations
  3. Assistive Devices
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided diagnostic audiological services and taught auditory rehabilitation patient education classes.
  • Provide comprehensive audiologic evaluations for all ages * Provision of hearing aids and aural rehabilitation
  • Recommended and procured assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
  • Assess and treat residents of skilled nursing facilities with all levels of hearing loss and a wide range of hearing disorders.
  • Provided hearing aid evaluations and fitting, aural rehabilitation and language therapy for hearing impaired students at district schools.

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