This area provides audiology jobs information including what qualifications they require and who employs them in the workforce.
What is Audiology?
Audiology is the study of hearing loss and the science of hearing. It includes acoustics, noise pollution, diseases and defects of the ear. Audiology includes the effect of hearing loss on a childs development of speech and language. Professional audiologists are educated in the study of hearing, hearing loss, and rehabilitation of the hearing impaired
What Do Audiologists Do?
An Audiologist works with people on a daily basis to prevent, detect, measure and rehabilitate hearing loss in children and adults. Audiologists work with patients ranging in age from newborns to geriatric patients. They assess the type and severity of hearing or balance impairment and recommend a course of treatment based upon their evaluation and diagnosis. As part of the rehabilitation and education process, Audiologists counsel patients to prevent hearing loss and protect their hearing in situations where noise is unavoidable.
Audiologists use highly technical computerized equipment to measure hearing and balance. Audiologists provide services to employers to comply with OSHA regulations regarding hearing safety and conservation.
What do qualifications do Audiologists need?
The audiology profession is in the process of transition. At this time, the standard education requirement for audiologists is a Masters degree. By 2007 it is expected to be a doctoral degree, Doctor of Audiology, AuD. Most states require licenses and certification for audiologists.
Audiologists need to communicate test results and treatment plans effectively to patients. It is necessary to provide support to clients and their families, patience and good listening skills are essential. Attention to detail and intense concentration are critical.
Prospective audiologists need a desire to improve the quality of life for individuals and internal motivation to work in situations that are rewarding and challenging, in addition to obtaining the necessary academic background.
What areas do Audiologists cover in their courses?
Prospective audiologists need courses in English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and communication sciences. Graduate course work in Audiology includes anatomy; physiology; physics; genetics; communication development; auditory, balance, neural systems; diagnosis and treatment; pharmacology; and ethics.
What areas of specialization may Audiologists choose?
Primary specialties for Audiologists include areas that focus on people, on systems, on technology, prevention or rehabilitation. Some of these specialties include: pediatrics, geriatrics, special education, educational services, research, early intervention, private practice, hearing aid technology, balance disorders, or industrial health.
Where do Audiologists work?
The need for audiologists is expected to grow significantly through the year 2012. This is related to the aging baby boomers and to new regulations regarding special education and assessment of newborns.
An audiologist may work in these areas:Hospital or Medical Clinic Hearing Aid Industry Academic University Research Institutes Otolaryngologist Based Practice Educational Audiology Public and Private Schools
State Funded Facility for the Hearing Impaired
Public Health Services Armed Forces Rehabilitation Facilities Long-term Care Facilities