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Audiologist

Summary

Audiology is the science of hearing, balance and related disorders. Audiologists use advanced technology and procedures to diagnose and treat a patient's hearing and balance problems. Clinical audiologists work in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities as an Audiologist

  • Private Practice
    The audiologists can open their own practice. They develop consulting arrangements with local hospitals and family physicians. These doctors provide referrals to the audiologists for patients who may need their services.
  • Working for a medical device company
    There are a broad range of audiologist jobs available in medical devices companies. Hearing aid, hearing implants, hearing protection, and listening devices are all very popular. An audiologist on staff at a development company can work with the product designers to create a better product and meet users' needs.
  • Research
    Audiologist can work in the area of research. They conduct research in topics e.g. hearing loss and related issues is a huge area of exploration. They get grant from the government agencies, hearing societies and other groups to expand the field of knowledge in this area. Many audiologists who want to explore this career option become university professors. These positions require teaching of university courses, but provides opportunities for extensive research.
  • Teaching
    Audiologists can become instructors at local community or career colleges etc. where they teach to technicians and technologists. They work as a instructor in hearing loss prevention courses for construction workers, mining operations and other industries where hearing protection is required. Learning the most effective way to teach adults can be a huge help when making this career transition.

How to Become an Audiologist

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science streamPursue Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology) for 4 years (3 years study + 1year internship)Pursue MASLP in Master of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology) for 2 yearsPursue Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology (Ph.D.) for 3-5 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science streamPursue B.Sc. in (Audiology) for 3 yearsPursue M.Sc. in (Audiology) for 2 yearsPursue Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology (Ph. D.) for 3 -5 years
Path 3
Clear Class XII with Science streamPursue Diploma in (Audiology and Speech Rehabilitation) for 1-2 years, Pursue B.Sc. in (Audiology and Speech Rehabilitation) for 3 years/PG Diploma in Audiology and Speech RehabilitationPursue M.Sc. in (Audiology and Speech Rehabilitation) for 2 yearsPursue Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology (Ph. D.) for 3-5 years

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12th or senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit (17 at 31st December of the year of admission).

Leading Institutes

Top Audiology Institutes in India
College Location Website
All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Bangalore www.aiishmysore.in/en/academic_course9.html
University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital Shahdara Delhi www.ucms.ac.in
Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) Mumbai www.hbni.ac.in
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Punjab University Chandigarh www.pgimer.edu.in/PGIMER_PORTAL/PGIMERPORTAL/home.jsp
Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Pune www.afmc.nic.in
Christian Medical College, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Vellore www.cmch-vellore.edu
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University Mangalore www.manipal.edu/kmc-manipal.html
Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi Delhi www.mamc.ac.in
Grant Medical College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Mumbai www.gmcjjh.org
Top Audiology Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Washington Washington, USA www.washington.edu/students
University of Southampthom United Kingdom www.southampton.ac.uk
University of Manchester USA www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses
Aston University United Kingdom www.aston.ac.uk/
Middlesex University London United Kingdom www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/healthcare-science-audiology
De Montfort University England www.dmu.ac.uk/home.aspx
Swansea University United Kingdom www.swansea.ac.uk

Work Description

  • Provide treatment to the patients suffering from ear related diseases
  • Check for issues of hearing, balance and tinnitus problems
  • Prescribe appropriate medication and treatment such as wax cleaning, hearing aids, cochlear implantation, etc.
  • Help the clients in coping up with profound hearing loss through lip reading and sign language
  • Be aware of the techniques and working of different hearing aids/machines
  • Keep a regular check on the patients and their conditions
  • Manage records of the patients in accordance with their progress
  • Remain updated with new research work and discoveries
  • Perform duties in line with the ethical standards

Pros & Cons of a Career as an Audiologist

Pros
  • You will get the opportunity to help people in need, which provides satisfaction.
  • The demand for the field is on rise.
Cons
  • The work of an audiologist can be very frustrating.
  • The audiologists are required to work for long hours.
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