Audiologist

audiological scientist
Healthcare
Care

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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.

You would:

  • 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.

Working conditions

Hours

As a full-time audiologist or audiological scientist, you would typically work 37.5 hours a week. Part-time or flexible hours are often available

Environment

You would usually work in ear, nose and throat clinics, or audiology departments in hospitals. You would normally be based in a consultation room at an NHS or private hospital.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

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  • Taking initiative
  • Developing a plan
  • Analysing
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Supporting
  • Empathising
  • Researching
  • Observation
  • Problem Solving

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

To qualify as an audiologist in Scotland you first need an honours degree (SCQF level 10), first class or upper second class, in a science or a relevant related subject such as:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Biological sciences
  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Speech-language.

After your degree you take the two-year fast track postgraduate diploma or masters course in audiology (SCQF Level 11).

Entry requirements for a degree (SCQF Level 9/10) are usually National 5 qualifications and at least five Highers.

Useful subjects

Many courses require:

  • Maths
  • Science subjects
  • Psychology

You will also need

To pass a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Disclosure check.

At the end of your audiology course, you would register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Clinical Scientist (Audiology).