How to become a Audiometrist

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.

Personal requirements of a Audiometrist

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work accurately with precision instruments
  • Able to be patient with hearing-impaired and elderly people

Education & Training for a Audiometrist

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Audiometrist

Audiometrists may perform the following tasks:

  • administer tests to assess and measure hearing
  • explain to patients how the audiometric equipment will be used to measure their hearing
  • fit earphones or bone conductors on patients and adjust controls on an audiometer to administer the tests
  • send a report to the audiologist or medical practitioner where required once the results of a test are recorded
  • take ear impressions to make ear moulds, so that a suitable hearing aid may be chosen
  • fit and check hearing aids and give instructions on their use
  • provide follow-up care and advice.

Employment Opportunities for a Audiometrist

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.

Specialisations:


Clinical Audiometrist

A clinical audiometrist performs hearing tests to assist medical practitioners and audiologists.


Hearing Aid Audiometrist

A hearing aid audiometrist specialises in fitting hearing aids and advising clients on their use.


Industrial Screening Audiometrist

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.

Additional Information
Audiometrists are not able to work with patients suffering complex hearing loss. Such cases require more advanced knowledge of audiology and its associated skills. See the separate entry for Audiologist for more details.
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