What does an Audiologist do?
Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
- Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
- Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
- Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.
- Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
- Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
- Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
- Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or balance disorder treatment methods or technologies.
- Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.
- Plan and conduct treatment programs for patients' hearing or balance problems, consulting with educators, physicians, nurses, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other health care personnel as necessary.
- Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
- Engage in marketing activities, such as developing marketing plans, to promote business for private practices.
- Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
- Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
- Advise educators or other medical staff on hearing or balance topics.
- Provide information to the public on hearing or balance topics.
- Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
- Work with multidisciplinary teams to assess and rehabilitate recipients of implanted hearing devices through auditory training and counseling.
- Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
- Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing conservation programs in industry, military, schools, and communities.
- Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
- Perform administrative tasks, such as managing office functions and finances.
- Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.