Audiologists work with hearing, balance and related disorders. They work with people to diagnose hearing loss and other associated disorders.
Where audiologists are employed
Audiologists are employed by Australian Hearing, major hospitals, community health centres or in academic research or teaching positions. They often work in association with medical practitioners specialising in ear, nose and throat disorders. They may travel to country areas where there are no resident audiologists.
"I love the client interaction I have everyday when I assess the hearing of children or help clients choose hearing aids and assist them to a positive outcome where clients hear sounds they haven't heard in years" - Alicia Howe, Audiologist.
Full-time audiologists in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.
Demand depends on factors such as population growth, the ageing of the population, public sector funding and policies affecting the cost of services to consumers. In 2011 there were 69 people employed full-time as audiologists in South Australia compared with 56 in 2006.
How to become one
Usually you need a degree which could be in linguistics, speech pathology, physics, psychology, special education, science or a related field, followed by a postgraduate qualification in audiology. At school consider doing science subjects such as physics, maths and English. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).
Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.
For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
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