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Audiologists diagnose, manage, and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, or related ear problems.Duties
Audiologists typically do the following:
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.
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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Hispanic or Latino8.8%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Florida21.1%
University of Northern Colorado7.3%
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences5.5%
University of Southern Mississippi4.6%
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania4.6%
Ohio University -3.7%
School of Health3.7%
University of Louisville3.7%
University of Mississippi3.7%
Ball State University3.7%
Illinois State University2.8%
University of South Florida2.8%
Ohio State University2.8%
Central Michigan University2.8%
State University of New York Buffalo2.8%
East Tennessee State University2.8%
University of Texas at Dallas2.8%
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|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 -
|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 -
|Audiologists||Microtone Audiology, Inc.||Napa, CA||Jun 26, 2014||$87,422 -
|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 -
|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 -
|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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