Audiologist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assesses and treats persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Administers hearing tests and examines patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Fits, dispenses, and repairs assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  • Maintains patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
  • Evaluates hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Programs and monitors cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
  • Counsels and instructs patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  • Refers patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
  • Monitors patients' progress and provides ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
  • Educates and supervises audiology students and health care personnel.
  • Instructs patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Clinical Audiologist -- Treats patients with hearing or balance problems or for ear disease.
  • Dispensing Audiologist -- Diagnoses hearing problems and prescribes the right hearing aid.
  • Industrial Audiologist -- Diagnoses hearing problems and recommends solutions in industrial locations.
  • Occupational Audiologist -- Assesses and treats people with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.