|Career data updated last on 10/15/2014|
|Audiologists are specialists in hearing disorders in children and adults. They use special instruments to measure hearing ability and determine the presence and type of hearing loss. Also, audiologists recommend hearing aids or other devices to help those with hearing loss to hear as well as possible; they conduct rehabilitation programs to help the hearing-impaired communicate better. Audiologists work closely with speech-language pathologists and with teachers of hearing impaired children. They also participate in research on the hearing mechanisms.|
|Salary||$41.43/hr- $86,180 annually|
|Significant Points||A master’s degree in audiology is currently the standard credential; however, a clinical doctoral degree is expected to become the new standard.|
|Specializations||Audiologists can choose to specialize in research related to hearing disorders or may work with children, the elderly or other groups. Others develop and implement ways to protect workers’ ear from on-the-job injuries.|
|Work Environment||Audiologists work in hospitals, speech/hearing clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers, research centers, and private practice settings. They do their evaluations in specially constructed "quiet" rooms suitable for hearing tests. Other jobs for audiologists were in health and personal care stores, including hearing aid stores; scientific research and development services; and state and local governments. Most full-time audiologists work about 40 hours per week, which may include weekends and evenings to meet the needs of patients. Some work part time. Those who work on a contract basis may spend a substantial amount of time traveling between facilities.|
|High School Prep||General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including biology, chemistry, and physics; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language. Students are encouraged to take public speaking and psychology courses as well.|
A master's degree and state license is required to practice as an audiologist. Undergraduate work can be in hearing/speech science or in other fields such as education, psychology or the sciences. Graduate course work in audiology includes anatomy; physiology; physics; genetics; normal and abnormal communication development; auditory, balance, and neural systems assessment and treatment; diagnosis and treatment; pharmacology; and ethics.
Audiologists can acquire the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. To earn a CCC, a person must have a graduate degree and 375 hours of supervised clinical experience, complete a 36-week postgraduate clinical fellowship, and pass the Praxis Series. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as of 2007, audiologists will need to have a bachelor’s degree and complete 75 hours of credit toward a doctoral degree in order to seek certification. As of 2012, audiologists will have to earn a doctoral degree in order to be certified. Audiologists may also be certified through the American Board of Audiology.
- Metropolitan State College
- University of Colorado-Boulder
- University of Northern Colorado
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