An audiologist performs hearing tests for patients in order to assess and diagnose patients with hearing problems. The audiologist carries out hearing tests and then goes over the results to make a determination. It is important to be caring and professional in order to be able to carry out the tests and to communicate the results to customers.
A diagnosis should be presented by the audiologist. The audiologist will counsel the patient on what treatments they can choose from and what sort of hearing loss is present. The next step is to give the patient recommendations for further testing and treatments and to give advice to the patient’s general physician. The audiologist may recommend that the patient undergo surgery or that the patient uses hearing aids, and a referral may be provided for this hearing equipment or surgery. The audiologist may also recommend that the patient follow up with an ear, nose, and throat doctor. An audiologist may also perform routine screenings, such as hearing tests for infants and children. It is important to be familiar and comfortable with medical terminology, especially relating to audiology.
Proficient computer skills are needed in order to generate reports and perform other duties. The audiologist must be familiar with audiology testing equipment and be able to adapt quickly to changes in equipment. Prior experience in a similar position is often needed, along with proper certification. A master’s degree in audiology is usually needed. Most positions are full-time and are carried out in a medical environment such as a hospital, private practice, or clinic.
Evaluate hearing and speech/language disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.
Counsel and instruct patients in techniques to improve hearing or speech impairment, including sign language or lip-reading.
Fit and dispense assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
Plan, conduct and monitor treatment programs, recommend assistive devices according to patients' nature of impairment.