An audiology technician is a person who works in specific healthcare fields that pertain to hearing loss. The technician typically works in a dedicated audiology or hearing clinic for a licensed doctor in audiology. Technicians typically perform routine screening tests of patients, fit and adjust hearing aids, and answer questions for patients regarding their hearing devices.
One of the main tasks an audiology technician performs regularly is a simple hearing test. These tests may be performed on young children to assess levels of hearing development, but they can also be used to discover hearing deficits in older patients. The technician's testing typically involves gauging responses to tones of varying volume and tonal frequency. If the technician finds that the results are outside the parameters of these preliminary tests, he or she will usually refer the testing to an audiologist or ear/nose/throat specialist for follow-up testing.
While there are no specific licensing qualifications for audiology technicians, most hospitals and clinics seek out individuals with a high school diploma and some educational background in clinical care fields, especially those related to hearing sciences. Some vocational schools do offer coursework and certification in this field. This training can also be helpful for persons starting a career as an audiology technician. Most technicians work regular daytime hours in a clinical environment, and they should have excellent interpersonal skills.
Audiology Technician Tasks
Check and calibrate audiometric instruments and equipment.
Perform pure tone threshold hearing testing and otoscopic screening techniques.
Keep records and documentation of tests.
Under supervision of a audiologist or physician, perform select tasks in testing patients.
Keep abreast of hearing conservation regulations, federal and state.