Roles and responsibilities
To qualify as an audiologist:
Complete an undergraduate Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) with a relevant major as your first degree.
Complete the postgraduate Master of Clinical Audiology to qualify as an audiologist.
Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.
- establish a client's problems with hearing and listening, by conducting interviews and studying background information, such as medical history
- assess the extent of hearing loss and location of the problem using a wide range of techniques, including audiometric tests such as air and bone conduction tests
- report results of assessment and testing in writing and make referrals to medical practitioners
- provide rehabilitation programs which include counselling and guidance for the hearing impaired and their families
- assess hearing levels of workers, such as pilots or members of the armed forces, when required by employers
- prescribe, fit and evaluate hearing aids and other devices, such as cochlear implants
- provide training in communication strategies such as lip reading and in the use of auditory and other devices
- assist with the development and management of noise control and hearing conservation strategies in industry
- act as consultants on industrial compensation claims for work-caused hearing loss
- undertake scientific research related to sound and hearing
- teach the science of audiology and its practice
- direct projects and act as consultants to other professional groups supervise student audiologists
As an audiologist, you could find employment with private hearing clinics, Australian Hearing, major hospitals, community health centres or in academic research or teaching positions.
Relevant postgraduate courses include:
Relevant research courses include: