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Audiologist

What does an Audiologist do?

Audiologists assess hearing loss and provide patients with rehabilitative clinical services and auditory therapy to help those experiencing hearing loss and those hearing for the first time adjust. This often includes evaluating the extent of the hearing loss and formulating a plan to improve their quality of life in spite of this difficulty. They create custom-made ear molds, hearing protection, and swim plugs. Audiologists also fit, service, and repair hearing aids as well as activating cochlear implants once a surgeon has implanted the permanent portion of the device.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals

Education and Training Requirements

Audiologists must earn the designation "Doctor of Audiology" (Au.D.) by obtaining a graduate degree in the field. The Au.D. can be completed in four years if the candidate has a background in speech-language pathology and audiology. Although in some cases a second bachelor's degree may be required for those looking to enter the field without previous experience, some programs are introducing a five-year program for those without the requisite background.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for an audiologist is approximately $66,660 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Academy of Audiology