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What Can You do With a Masters Degree in Audiology??

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"Audiologist"

Determines type and degree of hearing impairment and implements habilitation and rehabilitation services for patient: Administers and interprets variety of tests, such as air and bone conduction, and speech reception and discrimination tests, to determine type and degree of hearing impairment, site of damage, and effects on comprehension and speech. Evaluates test results in relation to behavioral, social, educational, and medical information obtained from patients, families, teachers, SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS (profess. & kin.) 076.107-010 and other professionals to determine communication problems related to hearing disability. Plans and implements prevention, habilitation, or rehabilitation services, including hearing aid selection and orientation, counseling, auditory training, lip reading, language habilitation, speech conservation, and other treatment programs developed in consultation with SPEECH PATHOLOGIST (profess. & kin.) and other professionals. May refer patient to physician or surgeon if medical treatment is determined necessary. May conduct research in physiology, pathology, biophysics, or psychophysics of auditory systems, or design and develop clinical and research procedures and apparatus. May act as consultant to educational, medical, legal, and other professional groups. May teach art and science of audiology and direct scientific projects

A master's degree in audiology has been the standard in the profession. However, a clinical doctoral degree (doctor of audiology, or Au.D.) is becoming more common and will soon be the new standard. You must also achieve a passing score on the national examination on audiology offered through the Praxis Series of the Educational Testing Service. Other requirements typically are 300 to 375 hours of supervised clinical experience and nine months of postgraduate professional clinical experience. Audiologists can become certified by both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Board of Audiology. Some states require a special license to dispense hearing aids.

  • Audiologist
  • Communications/ Public Relations Professional
  • Community Worker
  • ESL Teacher
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

A master's degree from an accredited speech-language pathology program is required to enter the field. Forty-five states require licensure or certification of speech pathologists. Obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. A passing score on the national examination and post-graduate supervised clinical experience are required for certification. Some states may require additional certification to work with special education populations in public schools. Approximately one half of speech-language pathologists work in schools and another half are employed in healthcare institutions. A doctorate is required for university teaching and research positions. Speech pathologists may work closely with physicians, social workers, psychologists, and other therapists in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Supplement coursework with classes in anatomy, physiology, psychology, and personal communication.

Audiologists held about 10,000 jobs in 2008. More than half of all jobs were in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, including audiologists; in hospitals; and in outpatient care centers. About 1 in 7 jobs was in educational services, including elementary and secondary schools. Other jobs for audiologists were in health and personal care stores, including hearing aid stores; scientific research and development services; and State and local governments. A small number of audiologists were self‐employed in private practice. They provided hearing health care services in their own offices or worked under contract for schools, health care facilities, or other establishments.

Areas of Audiology:

  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Follow-up
  • Administration
  • Supervision
  • Teaching
  • Research

Places of Employment:

  • Schools, K-12
  • Universities and colleges
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Speech, language, and hearing centers
  • Home healthcare offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Residential facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Federal agencies including:
    -Department of Veterans Affairs
    -National Institutes of Health
    -Department of Health and Human Services
    -Department of Education
    -Armed Services
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Private individual or group practice
  • Public health departments

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