Career outlook for audiologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help people to hear better by testing their hearing and finding the right solution for each individual.
You would test children and adults' hearing and find out how to help each individual so their hearing improves.
You'd support people who have lost their hearing and people who have medical conditions that affect their hearing or balance.
- Choose the best way to test a patient's hearing
- Change the hearing tests so they're right for children and adults,
- Check hearing, including the sound levels and the range of frequencies that the person can hear
- Talk to your patients about other medical, physical and emotional symptoms
You'd then decide on the best solution for them - perhaps a hearing aid or learning to lip-read - and guide them through the process of adapting to it.
You would also:
- Decide whether a person is suitable for cochlear implants or bone anchored hearing aids
- Make an impression of a person's ear for an ear mould
- Fit hearing aids and make modifications to ear moulds
- Teach patients how to use their new hearing aid
- See how the patient is getting on with the hearing aid and make changes if necessary
- Repair faulty hearing aids
- Increase hearing ability by using lip-reading, or other communication skills
- Give patients information and advice on how to manage their condition
You might work with patients who need special support such as people who have lost their sight as well as their hearing or people with learning disabilities.
You might give counselling to clients and their families to help them adjust to the situation. Sometimes this part of the role is done by hearing therapists. Hearing therapists are usually based in the ear, nose and throat (ENT) department of a hospital, if it has one, and work for the National Health Service.
Some of your responsibilities may also relate to research and development and managing the audiology services.
The National Health Service salary for this role is covered by the NHS Agenda for Change pay rates. You can see information about the pay and conditions on the Audiology page on the NHS Careers website.
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