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Audiologist

Use expert knowledge of linguistics and communication to help people of all ages with communication impairments.

What's it like to be an Audiologist?

Audiologists are qualified health specialists with expertise in hearing defects, communication impairments and balance issues. They work with patients to preserve, manage and improve their hearing and ability to understand sounds. They work with people of all ages, from infants to older adults, fitting and testing hearing aids.

Audiologist

Tasks and duties

  • Administering and interpreting a wide range of tests to determine hearing efficiency and locate sites of detected hearing problems.
  • Analysing test results and identifying root causes of hearing problems.
  • Prescribing and testing appropriate hearing aids and cochlear implants and instructing patients for use.
  • Reporting results of testing in writing and providing recommendations and referrals to relevant medical practitioners.
  • Assessing hearing levels of workers in occupations at high risk of hearing damage, including pilots or members of the armed forces.
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Audiologists work in hospitals, community health centres, private practices or universities. Some Audiologists also work in healthcare research assisting in the development of new technologies, or testing the hearing of workers in the armed forces, such as pilots

What can I earn as an Audiologist?

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How to become an Audiologist


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To become an accredited Audiologist in Australia you need to complete five years of university study, including a two-year master’s in Clinical Audiology. After completing your studies, you need to complete a one-year clinical internship with an accredited member of Audiology Australia. Audiologists become accredited after completing their clinical internship and must renew their accreditation every 12 months.

  1. Complete a relevant bachelor’s degree. This may be a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedicine majoring in Health, or a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Linguistics or Psychology.
  2. Complete an accredited two-year master’s degree in Clinical Audiology.
  3. Become an Accredited Audiologist by completing a one-year clinical internship at an Audiology Australia accredited workplace. Once achieved, accreditation must be renewed every 12 months.
  4. Demonstrate mandatory professional development every 12 months in order to renew your accreditation. Professional development can include attending conferences, seminars, training courses, study and research.

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Latest Audiologist reviews

Latest reviews from 4 Audiologists surveyed on SEEK
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Apr 2019
Changing lives is what we do as an Audiologist
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Audiology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Clinic
The good things
As an Audiologist, you are responsible for changing someone's life in all aspects. This is achieved by helping them with better communication in day to day activities with better listening. It is a ve...
The challenges
The biggest challenge is how effectively you can communicate and make others understand their hearing problem. You have to be approachable, witty and should definitely have people management skills.
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Oct 2018
It’s wonderful knowing you are helping people connect with the world through their hearing
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of Clinicak Audiology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Paediatric & Vestibular audiology
The good things
- working with people and knowing you could be making a real difference in their life - enjoy working with children and making a seemingly scary clinical environment fun - as a senior audiologist I en...
The challenges
- time management: need to be efficient at your job i.e. obtain test results efficiently and have time for reporting
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