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Audiologist

   

Audiologists examine, test, evaluate, and treat children and adults who have hearing and balance difficulties. They perform a variety of tests that help them determine the nature and degree of the patient’s disorder. They also conduct physiological measurements, such as auditory brainstem response, in an effort to determine if the disability is organic or nonorganic in nature. Once a diagnosis is made, audiologists provide rehabilitative communication assistance such as auditory training, prescribing hearing instruments, and speech reading. Audiologists often work with medical, educational, and other professionals to insure that the patient is making progress. When a patient requires a hearing aid, they find the most appropriate type and teach the patient how to properly use and maintain the equipment. These professionals also plan and conduct industrial hearing conservation programs, which include noise measurements and instruction in hearing protection. Audiologists also work in with children of varying ages in educational setting and rehabilitation centers. Individuals interested in this line of work should have a strong academic background, especially in the sciences. They must also be highly organized and be able to counsel people of varying age groups.


Work Environment:

 

Audiologists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, colleges and universities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, governmental agencies, speech and hearing centers, nursing homes, research laboratories, and private practices.

High School Preparation:

 

Students interested in a career as an audiologist should take high school courses in biology, physics, chemistry, geometry, algebra, English, health occupations/medical professions education, sociology, psychology, computer skills, social studies, and speech.


College Requirements:

Individuals interested in audiology must first obtain a bachelor’s degree in a major with a broad liberal arts background. All states require audiologists to hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in order to obtain a license and work independently. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association requires masters level training, one year of experience, and passing a national exam to become certified. Mississippi requires Audiologists to be licensed by receiving the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Students interested in audiology should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:

 

Employment opportunities for audiologists are expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations though the year 2012. The growing elderly population, the segment of the population that has the majority of hearing loss, will cause a sharp rise in employment. Medical advances that help trauma and stoke victims survive longer will increase the demand for speech and hearing professionals. New federal laws affecting schools and children with disabilities will also have a positive affect on employment in this health-related field.
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$50,900

 

Salary Range

$46,300-$59,600

 

Professional Organizations:

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

10801 Rockville Pike

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: (888) 321-ASHA

www.asha.org

 

American Academy

of Audiology

8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 750

McLean, VA 22102

Phone: (800) AAA-2336

Fax: (703) 790-8631

www.audiology.org

 

Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

PO Box 22664

Jackson, MS

39225-2664

Phone: (800) 664-6742

www.mshausa.org

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