An audiologist is a professional who helps in treating people with hearing loss. He is a licensed hearing healthcare professional who is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. The duty of an Audiologists is to conduct various tests using advance technology and procedure on patients and identify the root cause of an individual’s hearing problem. Various treatment options may be recommended by the audiologist and in case of medical or surgical evaluation he may refer the patient to a concerned physician.
Audiologist's diagnose hearing loss in patients using modern technology and procedure. The main duties of Audiologists are as follows:
An Audiologist has to basically train in Deaf Education and they can also specialize in ear, nose and throat. Seeing and hearing is one of the way of communicating with others. If one is passionate about it then they can opt for the profession.
The work of an audiologist is in detecting and treating ear related problems and they help patients with hearing loss lead a normal healthy life.
Audiologists are experts in the structures of middle ear and the inner ear that is the cochlea and the vestibular system respectively. The cochlea is responsible for hearing and the vestibular system aids in the balance and spatial orientation in a person. These specialized organs inside the ear can get infected or damaged due to illness or if exposed to very loud noise, the audiologists in such cases detect the extent of the damage and provide the remedy for the damage caused. Some of the very common remedies that are recommended by audiologists are as follows:
A Graduate level training Program such as a Master’s Degree or a Post Doctoral Degree is a must in order to qualify as an Audiologist.
The qualifications required are as follows:
Most states in the U.S. require a license in addition to a doctorate degree to work as a professional. A candidate must fulfill the following standard criteria to work as a full time professional:
There are mainly two levels of certifications for Audiologists working in U.S.:
The standard growth path for an Audiologist is a Bachelor’s Degree followed by a Master’s Degree. In recent times more and more students are opting for a Doctoral Degree Au.D. The students for Bachelor Degree must have mathematics, the sciences, English and Psychology as their main subjects in high school. The Bachelor Degree gives the student the specific skills and knowledge which enables the students to practice anatomy, physiology, chemistry, audio technology and medical treatments surrounding the human hearing and balance systems.
A certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association or the American Board of Audiology is essential in order to get a License and practice in the United States.
On an average an Audiologist in US earns a median salary of $63,880. Audiologists with skills in Vestibular and Cochlear Implants earn the most. Depending on whether an Audiologist is full time or part time employed the salary varies. Also, some of the other factors that impact an Audiologist salary are the size of the company, years of experience, qualification, etc.
The top paying industries in which the Audiologist are employed and their annual mean wage is shown in the chart below:
|Industry||Annual mean wage|
|Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers||$96,700|
|Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing||$82,400|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$79,610|
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals||$78,930|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||$78,180|