Audiologist - How to become an Audiologist


Audiologist is the professional concerned with the prevention of hearing impairment of the human beings. Hearing impairment (deafness) may be complete or partial inability to hear. Audiologist specializes in prevention, identification, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing disorder. When a hearing loss occurs they determine the nature and extent of the hearing loss and recommend appropriate treatment, including hearing aids or other assistive devices.

Audiologist job description also includes checking of noise levels in work places and conduct hearing/protection programmes. These are the professionals who work closely with teachers, physicians, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counsellors and other members of an interdisciplinary team, but they are autonomous and do not work under direct medical supervision. They provide professional services in a wide range of facilities, including public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitations centres, nursing care facilities, community and university clinics, private practice office and also in the centre for the developmentally disabled.

If you are a person who has the sincerity and patience to deal with such kind of patients and think that you can work in tandem with so many other professional to reach a common noble goal of curing such lesser lucky patients then  being an Audiologist is the Career especially meant for you.

This profession demands a lot of hard work and effort but at the same time offers enormous scope for the building of one’s career along with the satisfaction of curing his clients. This profession is such a profession which demands high perfection, hard work and high level of patience.

To make this profession your career do good as a professional one has to undergo one or more courses out of the given below.

 

Audiologist Eligibility

The minimum educational qualification for becoming an Audiologist is either a Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree from a recognised college/university. 

 

Audiologist Required Skills

  • Audiologists should have strong analytic skills and a passion for science; comfortable with technology, which will help them to operate and troubleshoot the many high-tech instruments used in the field.
  • They also possess strong communication and interpersonal skills to establish a rapport with patients and explain concepts clearly.
  • They should be able to analyze the hearing, balance or other ear-related problem troubling a patient; diagnose problems and provide treatment.
  • They should also be able to improve quality results by studying, evaluating and re-designing processes; implementing changes; participating in research programs; evaluating new equipment devices and techniques.

 

How to become an Audiologist?

One has to follow below given steps one by one-

1. Diploma in speech therapy and Audiology

Course Eligibility-


1. Audiologist Education Qualification

Candidates who wish to apply for one year Diploma course in Speech Therapy and Audiology should have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with science subjects (securing a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate in the subjects concerned).

Step 1

Interested candidate has to appear in an entrance tests conducted by the various institutes for this 1 year course.

However some colleges/universities also give admission on the basis of % of marks obtained in the qualifying examinations.

Step 2

After completing this course of one year, in which one has to go through all the major aspects, one can get services in a wide range of facilities, including public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitations centres, nursing care facilities, community and university clinics, private practice office and also in the centre for the developmentally disabled.
or
One can opt for several undergraduate courses/degree provided by various universities in the India.

2. B.Sc. (Audiology and Speech).
    B.Sc. (Hearing language and speech)
    BASLP (Bachelor in speech language Pathology)

Course Eligibility-

Educational Qualification

Candidates who wish to apply for Three years of degree course in Speech Therapy and Audiology should have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with science subjects (securing a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate in the subjects concerned).

Step 1

Interested candidate has to appear in an entrance test conducted by the various Universities providing 3 years of Bachelor’s degree courses. 

However some universities also give admission on the basis of % of marks obtained in the qualifying class

Step 2

After completing this 3 years of Bachelors course, in which one has to go through all the major aspects of Audiology, one can work for a variety of Governmental and non-Governmental organization. OR

One can go for higher studies i.e. M.Sc. or Ph.D. provided by various universities.

 

Audiologist Job Description

Audiologist job include prevention, identification, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing disorder. His job profile also includes determining the nature and extent of the hearing loss and recommended medicine and instrumental treatment like hearing aids or other assistive devices. Audiologist job also includes checking of noise levels in work places and conduct hearing/protection programmes. 

 

Audiologist Career Prospects

Enormous employment opportunities are available for Audiologists in private as well as public sector, organisations like Geological Survey of India, Metrological Departments etc. Audiologists can find employment in International organisations also which are working in this field.

 

Audiologist Salary

With regard Audiologist Salary, one can expect to get anything between Rs.25,000 to Rs.30,000 as far as a starter is concerned. Some years of work experience and a lot of learning can enable you to demand Rs.50,000 per month and more.

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