The audiologist performs daily duties related to the evaluation of speech/language disorders as they relate to hearing. A doctorate degree in Audiology is required to become licensed, along with state and national board licensing through ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association). Full-time Audiologists typically work 40-50 hours per week, while others choose to work less in part-time positions. The work is not physical and Audiologists always work indoors. Audiologists can work in a wide range of settings and very typically can be found working alongside medical personnel or related professionals, such as speech-language pathologists. Some settings include, but are not limited to: hospitals, schools (public and private), private practices and rehabilitation centers, to name a few. The audiologist will work to determine the diagnosis of such patients, followed by deciding upon a course of action. Day to day duties for an audiologist include the administration of hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients. Besides the planning and implementation of different types of treatment plans, the audiologist must also work to monitor these treatment plans in order to ensure patient that the patient receives the highest standard of care. The audiologist typically make recommendations about what types of assistive devices are available, depending on the patient's type of impairment. The most common type of assistive devices which audiologists work with are hearing aids. One of the more common job duties of an audiologist will be the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids and other related assistive devices. Audiologist are also responsible for teaching patients key techniques and strategies which can improve hearing or speech impairments. A few examples of these techniques include sign language or lip-reading. Documentation of patient history is another key part of what an Audiologist does. Documentation must be created for all stages of patient interaction. This includes keeping track of patient history during evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge.
- Fit and dispense assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
- Plan, conduct and monitor treatment programs, recommend assistive devices according to patients' nature of impairment.
- Administer hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.
- Evaluate hearing and speech/language disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
- Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.