Audiology technicians work to assist audiologists and/or doctors who specialize in the care of ears and hearing. Audiology technicians typically conduct hearing tests on patients and assist them with the fitting of hearing aids and other amplification devices. They also perform repairs and adjustments to these items to ensure that they fit and may be asked to help perform balance and inner-ear testing, as well as administrative duties such as documentation and filing.
One of the primary responsibilities of audiology technicians involves administering hearing tests to patients. These tests not only measure the sensitivity of hearing, but also frequency ranges, and they are often performed for patients who may be experiencing degradation of hearing function. However, certain jobs require regular hearing screenings, as well.
Most audiology technicians are also trained in basic repair operations on hearing amplification and hearing aid devices in order to ensure comfortable fits for patients and make any adjustments as necessary. They may also replace the miniature batteries in hearing aids.
Aspiring audiology technicians should attend a vocational school or community college after high school which offers a course program in this field. Most employers prefer candidates who work well with patients, exhibit a sense of care, and show good service instincts. Audiology technicians typically work regular office hours during the week in clinical office environments.
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.