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Career Profile: Audiologists

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

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 13,700 people employed as audiologists in the United States. The median annual salary is $81,000. Entry level employees earn approximately $56,550 per year and senior employees earn approximately $128,160 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  • Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
  • Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
  • Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  • Refer patients to additional medical or educational services, if needed.
  • Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or balance disorder treatment methods or technologies.
  • Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
  • Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
  • Advise educators or other medical staff on hearing or balance topics.
  • Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
  • Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
  • Plan and conduct treatment programs for patients' hearing or balance problems, consulting with educators, physicians, nurses, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other health care personnel, as necessary.
  • Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.
  • Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
  • Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams to assess and rehabilitate recipients of implanted hearing devices through auditory training and counseling.
  • Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as managing office functions and finances.
  • Provide information to the public on hearing or balance topics.
  • Engage in marketing activities, such as developing marketing plans, to promote business for private practices.
  • Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing conservation programs in industry, military, schools, and communities.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
13,700
Annual Openings:
800
Increase in Openings by 2030:
16%
Annual Salary Range:
$56,550 - $128,160
Education Requirements:
Master's degree or higher