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Audiologist

Audiologists are health care professionals concerned with the diagnosis, assessment, rehabilitation, and prevention of hearing loss and balance disorders. They perform hearing assessments, administer diagnostic tests, use state-of-the-art technology to evaluate and treat hearing loss in children and adults, fit amplification systems such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, provide aural rehabilitation, and are involved in educating the public and other professionals about the effects of noise on hearing.

Audiologists often work in collaboration with otologists, family physicians, nurses, teachers, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, speech-language pathologists, and other audiologists.  Audiologists work in a variety of environments, including hospitals, community health centres, private clinics, schools, industry, hearing aid manufacturers, government agencies and universities.       

Skills Required

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills - the ability to inspire confidence and to motivate clients is important
  • self disciplined and resourceful
  • the intellect and perseverance required to complete the training
  • sensitivity to client needs
  • the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to details
  • an appreciation for precision instrumentation
  • the ability to work in a team environment

Audiologists should also enjoy working with people, exploring problems in depth and operating equipment.

Education/Training Required

Master of Science Degree in Audiology.

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University

Average Starting Salary
$55,120

Growth Rate
Varies

Education Required
3 years