Pediatric Audiologist Salary
A Pediatric Audiologist earns an average salary of $64,000 per year.
Job Description for Pediatric Audiologist
Pediatric audiologists assess, diagnose and treat hearing disorders in children. They conduct evaluations and diagnostic examinations to assess hearing or related problems, communicating results and treatment options with the children's parents or guardians and the children themselves (when possible). They must then determine an appropriate course of treatment, which they administer; this may include fitting and furnishing hearing aids. As treatment progresses, the pediatric audiologist must evaluate progress and make changes to the treatment plan as needed. They also need to keep accurate, up-to-date patient records and provide children and their families with information on communication methods such as American Sign Language (ASL). Pediatric audiologists may also perform a research function, investigating the causes behind hearing disorders and methods of treatment.Read More...
A bachelor's degree is needed for pediatric audiologist positions, as well as a doctoral degree in audiology; this doctoral program generally lasts four years. Licensing is needed as well, with licensing requirements varying by state. Certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or American Board of Audiology may be required or preferred by employers, as can proficiency or fluency in American Sign Language. Additionally, a minimum of three to five years of pediatric experience is usually desired for this position.
Pediatric Audiologist Tasks
- Counsel and instruct children and their families in techniques to improve hearing or speech impairment, including sign language or lip-reading.
- Administer hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to babies and children.
- Fit and dispense assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
- Evaluate hearing and speech/language disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
- Plan, conduct and monitor treatment programs, recommend assistive devices according to the childs' nature of impairment.