Audiologist

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

8

Hourly Wage:

No Alaska-specific data available. In 2014, Alaska DOL reported a nationwide hourly mean of $36.92.

One-page Description (PDF):

Audiologist

Professional Activities

The professional activities of an audiologist concentrate on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss, balance and related disorders for all age groups. Activities include performing hearing tests and evaluations, implementing newborn screening programs, and the monitoring of hearing related surgeries. An audiologist’s work also implements proper treatment for hearing loss. Other duties include fitting, programming, and adjusting assistive hearing technology including hearing aids and cochlear implants.

These professionals work closely with speech pathologists, medical doctors, and educators. In assessing the type and degree of hearing loss, audiologists coordinate with these professionals to determine the best treatment.

Audiologists are employed in many settings including hospitals, physician’s offices, schools, and private practices.

Educational Requirements

Individuals considering a career in audiology should have an interest in the science of hearing and working with people. Requirements for training at the doctorate level include the following:

  • Graduation from high school with coursework in math, science, and English.
  • Completion of a four-year Bachelor’s degree, usually in Speech and Hearing Science or a related field.
  • Completion of three years of graduate school.
  • Completion of a 4th year doctoral fellowship as an audiologist under the supervision of a certified audiologist.
  • A doctorate of Audiology (AuD) is then awarded and employment without supervision can occur.

Academic Programs

While there are no accredited audiology programs in Alaska, the nearest program is located in Seattle, Washington:

University of Washington
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
1417 N.E. 42nd St.
Seattle, WA 98105-6246
Email: shgradv@uw.edu
Voice: (206) 685-7400
Website: http://depts.washington.edu/sphsc/

Contacts

State Contacts:

Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Email: aksha907@gmail.com
Web site: http://aksha.org/

National Contact:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
Toll free: (800) 638-8255
Email: http://www.asha.org/forms/contact-asha
Web site: http://www.asha.org/

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