Audiologists are professionals that tend to patients with hearing disorders. Are you interested in how the human ear functions? Perhaps you’d like to help those that are struggling to hear correctly? This could be your ideal medical career if that’s the case. Let’s take a glance at what audiologists do on a routine basis.
First of all, they test and measure patients’ hearing. This allows them to diagnose or identify hearing disorders, if any. After identifying any possible disorders, they will then work on to make a rehabilitation plan (after all, the goal is to help heal patients hearing problems!). They are constantly looking to expand in audiology knowledge, typically conduction research. They may also provide counseling and education consultations. One of the largest functions that Audiologist do have is in the dispensing and testing of hearing aids.
What does an Audiologist make for a salary? They can make anywhere from $30,000 – $77,000. I’d definitely say the 30k is on the low end though, especially for what you need to become one. In 2009, the average salary was $65,000 (I have no idea whose getting that 30k).
How to become an Audiologist. Well, your going to have to get a masters degree in Audiology and pass licensing upon completion of your masters program. It would probably be of most help to major in something that would be related to the biological sciences. Anything science related won’t be too far off. Consult your counselor to establish a more direct path.
In addition, you can check out American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for more information.
Continue on through the medical careers list if Audiology isn’t your forte.