Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
Common job titles of Audiologists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
76.67% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
16.67% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
Refer patients to additional medical or educational services, if needed.
Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
Perform administrative tasks, such as managing office functions and finances.
Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
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.
Engage in marketing activities, such as developing marketing plans, to promote business for private practices.
Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or balance disorder treatment methods or technologies.
Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing conservation programs in industry, military, schools, and communities.
Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.
Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.
Video nystagmography testing equipment
Video head impulse testing HIT equipment
Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential VEMP testing equipment
Two-channel audiometersAll Tools
Speech mapping systems
Sound level meters
Sensory organization performance test systems
Programmable hearing aids
Posturography dynamic platforms
Portable diagnostic middle ear analyzers
Portable auditory screeners
Otoaucoustic emissions OAE screening systems
Hearing aid test boxes
Hearing aid repair grinders
Hearing aid repair drills
Hearing aid analyzers
Headband mounted angular velocity sensors
Electrocochleography ECOG equipment
Electroacoustic impedance bridges
Digital light bars
Diagnostic tuning forks
Computerized rotary chairs
Automatic impedance audiometers
Auditory brainstem response ABR screening systems
Audiometric test booths
Abacus Data Solutions HearWare
Bio-logic Systems HINT Pro
Computers Unlimited TIMS for Audiology
Ear measurement software
Etymotic Research QuickSINAll Technologies
GN Otometrics CHARTR EP
HearForm Software HearForm
Hearing aid fitting software
Real ear measurement REM software
Siemens Hearing Instruments Practice Navigator
Simply Hearing Software Simply Hearing OMS
Starkey Laboratories ProHear
Vestibular diagnostic software
Vestibular Technologies ScreenTRAK
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Teaching others how to do something.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition
Precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Finger Dexterity