At a Glance
Years in School (after high school graduation):
Alaska DOL does not list audiologists specifically. In 2016, hourly wages for “health diagnosing and treating practitioners” ranged from $21.59-$64.22, with a mean of $38.27.
One-page Description (PDF):
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.
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.
While there are no accredited audiology programs in Alaska, the nearest program is located in Seattle, Washington:
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