Audiologist Career

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.

Work of an Audiologist

Audiologist's diagnose hearing loss in patients using modern technology and procedure. The main duties of Audiologists are as follows:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of patients with hearing loss
  • Fitting of Hearing aids in patients with hearing  loss
  • Treat patients suffering from various types of Vertigo
  • Counseling patients and family members on ways to communicate via lip reading or sign language
  • Conduct research in the field of hearing loss and balance disorders.
  • Audiologists use audiometers, computers and other modern electronic devices to measure the patient’s hearing ability and balance. They can also measure the volume at which the person begins to hear sound and the person’s ability to distinguish between sounds.
  • Audiologists are also concerned with the psychological information to measure the impact of hearing loss in a patient.
  • Some of the other common diseases an audiologist can help with are Tinnitus, Hyperacusis and Misophonia.
  • Audiologists also need to keep records on the progress of the patients.

Why become an Audiologist?

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:

  • Cleaning the ear canal
  • Hearing Aid or Cochlear implant
  • Instructing the patients in lip reading or sign language
  • Treating the patient with speech therapy

Qualifications to become Audiologist and Certification

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:

  • Though a Bachelor’s Degree in any field can be earned by an aspiring candidate, degrees with a concentration in the sciences, linguistics or communications are extremely useful for getting them a seat In the Master’s degree level.
  • At the master’s degree level the candidates are taught about the anatomy of the ear, common auditory and balance disorders. The students at this level gain the skills to treat various communication disorders.
  • During the course of their study at the graduate level the audiologist are needed to complete a particular number of practical labs and at least one internship in their respective fields.
  • The doctoral program includes the study of a number of sciences such as acoustics, pharmacology, psychology and physiology. The candidates also learn to fit hearing devices and help the patients to hearing changes with auditory rehabilitation techniques.
  • At the doctoral level the candidates are required to complete a clinical work practicum of at least one year.


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:

  • The candidate must complete at least 300 to 375 hours of supervised clinical work.
  • Must have a passing score on a national level audiologist exam.
  • Earn a minimum of nine months post graduate professional clinical experience.

There are mainly two levels of certifications for Audiologists working in U.S.:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) offered by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • Voluntary Certifications by the American Board of Audiology.

Audiologist Career Growth and Career Path

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.

Salary Survey

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

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