What does a Audiologist do?
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An audiologist is a health care professional who specializes in hearing problems and subsequent balancing problems in kids and adults. Audiology is a branch of science that deals with hearing and all related problems, conditions, or disorders. They are particularly trained to manage kids where hearing problems are often first diagnosed.
How to Become an Audiologist
To become an audiologist, one has to attain a doctor in audiology degree. An aspirant should pass high school and take up science in college. A person can opt for a bachelor’s degree in any specific domain of science and then proceed to obtain a master’s degree before before starting a doctorate program in audiology.
There are specialized courses which focus on audiology without offering a doctorate. Such degrees are not always recognized for the license that would eventually be need to practice. PhD and similar higher level of education pertaining to audiology can enable one to become an audiologist.
Job Description of a Audiologist
Audiologists diagnose hearing problems in kids and adults and takes measures to treat the problem. They can treat patients with medical devices (such as hearing aids), prescribe medications and therapy, recommend lifestyle changes, and suggest training programs to improve or cure hearing and/or balancing problems.
Typically, an audiologist would prescribe and also fit a person for hearing aids, provide assistance in cochlear implant programs, carry out surgeries (though not every audiologist is experienced to conduct surgeries), design and facilitate the implementation of hearing conservation programs, and offer rehabilitation. They may also be experienced in offering auditory training, speech reading, and listening skills improvement.
An audiologist can have his or her own practice and running a private practice is common. They also work at other health centers or hospitals.
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA.org has an informative article on their website that can also help you plan your education as an audiologist. Visit their The Planning Your Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders (link opens in new window) page.