Audiometrists test hearing by administering audiometric tests to enable the rehabilitation of hearing loss through counselling and/or the fitting of hearing devices. They may refer or report to a medical practitioner or an audiologist as required.
To become an audiometrist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in audiometry. Entry usually requires Year 12. Students must also have a suitably qualified supervisor to oversee practical tasks and guide them through required competencies. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an audiometrist through a traineeship in Audiometry. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 12. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Audiometrists may perform the following tasks:
Audiometrists are mainly employed by hearing aid firms but may also work in hospitals, laboratories and some audiology practices. There are also opportunities to work in public facilities. Demand for audiometrists is expected to grow with the ageing of the population.
A clinical audiometrist performs hearing tests to assist medical practitioners and audiologists.
A hearing aid audiometrist specialises in fitting hearing aids and advising clients on their use.
An industrial screening audiometrist performs hearing tests for pre-employment screening. They also fit and instruct clients in the use of noise protection devices such as earplugs, and perform noise assessments in factories using sound-level meters and dosimeters.