Audiologists

Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

Median Annual Wage: $73,060

Education: Doctoral degree (77%); Master's degree (17%); Professional degree (3%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Audiologist; Clinical Audiologist; Audiology Doctor (AUD); Dispensing Audiologist; Audiology Director; Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology Licensed Audiologist (CCC-A Licensed Audiologist); Clinical Director; Educational Audiologist; Pediatric Audiologist; Doctor of Audiology

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Audiologists.

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  • Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  • Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
  • Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  • Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
  • Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
  • Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
  • Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
  • Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
  • Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or balance disorder treatment methods or technologies.
  • Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
  • Plan and conduct treatment programs for patients' hearing or balance problems, consulting with educators, physicians, nurses, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other health care personnel as necessary.
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams to assess and rehabilitate recipients of implanted hearing devices through auditory training and counseling.
  • Advise educators or other medical staff on hearing or balance topics.
  • Provide information to the public on hearing or balance topics.
  • Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
  • Engage in marketing activities, such as developing marketing plans, to promote business for private practices.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as managing office functions and finances.
  • Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing conservation programs in industry, military, schools, and communities.
  • Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.
  • Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Audiologists.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Audiologists.

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