Audiologists test hearing and assess the nature of hearing disorders. They are responsible for the non-medical management and rehabilitation of hearing loss and associated disorders of communication.
Duties & Tasks
Audiologists may perform the following tasks:
- establish a client's problems with hearing and listening by conducting interviews and studying background information (such as medical history)
- assess the extent of hearing loss and location of the problem using a wide range of techniques, including audiometric tests such as air and bone conduction tests
- report results of assessment and testing in writing and make referrals to medical practitioners
- provide rehabilitation programmes, such as counselling and guidance, for the hearing-impaired and their families
- assess hearing levels of workers, such as pilots or members of the armed forces, when required by employers
- prescribe, fit and evaluate hearing aids and other devices, such as cochlear implants
- provide training in communication strategies such as lip reading and in the use of auditory and other devices
- conduct follow-up consultations after hearing aids have been fitted to ensure clients receive the clearest amplification
- assist with the development and management of noise control and hearing conservation strategies in industry
- act as consultants on industrial compensation claims for work-related hearing loss
- undertake scientific research related to sound and hearing
- teach the science of audiology and its practice
- direct projects and act as consultants to other professional groups
- supervise student audiologists.
Audiologists liaise with other health professionals such as otologists (ear specialists), speech pathologists, psychologists and doctors, as well as staff in educational settings. They may travel to country areas where there are no resident audiologists.
- able to inspire confidence and cooperation
- a sympathetic and tactful approach to people's problems
- good communication skills
- analytical ability.