An audiologist is a medical professional who deals with ear problems such as those related to balance and hearing. They diagnose and evaluate a patient’s ailment and offers solution that can be technical or pharmaceutical. For instance, simply trying out different hearing strategies prescribed by the audiologist can cure some ear problems. They can work in clinics or hospitals or practice privately. Medical-equipment manufacturers also employ some audiologists in a bid to develop new hearing-aid equipments.
How to become an Audiologist:
All audiologists require a master’s degree to professionally practice. Aspiring audiologists in the course of their program get trained in physiology and anatomy, acoustics, psychophysics, electrophysiology, cochlear implants, hearing aids and sign language. However according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a doctoral degree is becoming increasingly important. One should complete no less than 375 hours of supervised clinical experience at grad school, besides having nine months of postgraduate experience before he/she sits for the certification exam. The professional doctorate degree requires supervised experience along with eight years of university training.
Audiologist career courses, training, programs:
To get the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree, minimum requirements include post-baccalaureate study for minimum 75 hours, meeting prescribed competencies, passing a national exam set up by Praxis Series of the Educational Testing Service, and practical experience equivalent to a year of supervised, full time experience. Both ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and ABA (American Board of Audiology) offer certifications in audiology.
Audiologisting career schools/colleges, education:
In the United States, one can not only opt for residential audiologist (doctoral) programs but also distance Au.D. programs. Since the 1990′s, studying up to doctoral level is considered as a minimal requirement for all audiologists. So having a doctoral degree from an accredited university or a professional program is a must before practicing.
Top 4 colleges/universities:
University of Iowa
University of Washington
University of Texas-Dallas
Audiologist job opportunities, salaries/pay:
Employments of audiologists have been expected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, which is far more than the average for other professions. The BLS (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) sets the average salary of an audiologist around $65,000. Salary packages vary on basis of experience, location and employers.
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