The content below is taken from the American Speech Language Hearing Association .
What does an Audiologist Do?
An audiologist measures the hearing ability of individuals of all ages, including new born babies and infants. An audiologist administers and interprets screening, assessment, and diagnostic procedures. He or she counsels patients and their families about handling communication situations at home, work, and school to reduce the effects of hearing loss. Audiologists also assess the benefit of amplification devices, such as hearing aids. Often, audiologists collaborate with teams of professionals, individuals, and families of caregivers on strategies to meet the communication needs of children or adults with hearing loss. U.S. News and World Report ranked Audiology as a Best Career of 2009. To hear what working audiologists and students have to say about their career choice, please see the links to YouTube interviews near the bottom of this page.
Where does an Audiologist work?
Audiologists provide clinical services in:
- Public and private schools
- Rehabilitation centers
- Residential health facilities
- Community clinics
- Colleges and universities
- Private practice offices
- Health departments
- State and federal government agencies
- Industry with hearing conservation programs
- Long-term care facilities
- Community hearing and speech centers
- Physicians offices
- Research laboratories
Very good! Visit this web page of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition: Audiologists.
What kind of salary can I expect?
Every few years, the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) surveys the salaries of its members. Here is a link to the most recent surveys.