Career in Audiology
Hearing is basic need of human life. Unfortunately some children are born with speech and hearing disabilities and this number is significant. Also, people loss speech and hearing capabilities at different age for different reasons. If you are someone who likes to help people and science is your area of interest then you can chose for a career in Audiology. Thereby you will make use of scientific knowledge and technology to aid hearing impaired people. At the one end you will pursue your passion in science; on the other end you will feel a sense of satisfaction in helping other.
Audiologists are involved into the whole process of obtaining measures of various aspects of audition, deciding which test to conduct next, determining probable cause of the hearing loss and putting it all together to achieve a complete picture of a patient’s hearing status. Audiologists also fit patients with hearing aids and other devices and act as counselors for people adjusting to hearing loss.
Audiologists work in public and private hospitals and healthcare centers. Job opportunities are also offered in NGOs and schools for hearing impaired children. Various diploma and degree programmes are offered in Audiology through different government and public funded colleges, institutions and medical schools.
Role of Audiologists
Besides the typical tasks, an audiologist can take up some research projects and perform the following duties:
- Examine patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problems.
- Assess the results of the examination and diagnose problems.
- Determine and administer treatment.
- Fit and dispense hearing aids.
- Counsel patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate, such as by lip reading or through sign language.
- See patients regularly to check on hearing and balance and to continue or change the treatment plan.
- Keep records on the progress of patients.
- Conduct research related to the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.
- Preparing research procedures
- Reviewing and analyzing data
- Researching topics of interests
- Conducting administrative duties
Skills Required to be AudiologistsCompassion:
Audiologists work with people who are having problems with hearing or balance. They must be supportive of patients and their families.Communication skills:
Audiologists need to communicate test results, diagnoses, and propose treatments so that patients clearly understand the situation and options. They also may need to work with other healthcare providers and education specialists regarding patient care.Critical-thinking skills:
Audiologists must concentrate when testing a patient’s hearing and be able to analyze each patient's situation to offer the best treatment. They must also be open to providing alternatives plans when patients do not respond to initial treatment. Patience:
Audiologists must work with patients who may need a lot of time and special attention.Problem-solving skills:
Audiologists must figure out the causes of problems with hearing and balance and the appropriate treatment to address them.