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Details for Audiologists


Description

Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

Tasks

  • Evaluate hearing and speech/language disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Administer hearing or speech/language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Fit and dispense assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  • Maintain client records at all stages, including initial evaluation and discharge.
  • Refer clients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
  • Counsel and instruct clients in techniques to improve hearing or speech impairment, including sign language or lip-reading.
  • Monitor clients' progress and discharge them from treatment when goals have been attained.
  • Plan and conduct treatment programs for clients' hearing or speech problems, consulting with physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other health care personnel as necessary.
  • Recommend assistive devices according to clients' needs or nature of impairments.
  • Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or speech disorder treatment methods or technologies.
  • Instruct clients, parents, teachers, or employers in how to avoid behavior patterns that lead to miscommunication.
  • Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
  • Advise educators or other medical staff on speech or hearing topics.
  • Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
  • Fit and tune cochlear implants, providing rehabilitation for adjustment to listening with implant amplification systems.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams to assess and rehabilitate recipients of implanted hearing devices.
  • Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.
  • Conduct or direct research on hearing or speech topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.
  • Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing protection programs in industry, schools, and communities.

Interests

Education, Training, Experience

Knowledge

Skills

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