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So You Want to be an Audiologist

Friday, March 4, 2016 8:09:37 PM Australia/Melbourne

So You Want to be an AudiologistYesterday’s article inspired some of the team around here at Hearlink. The idea that students at younger and younger ages are being inspired by the tools available to them, is in return- inspiring to us. Audiology is a specialty that is near and dear to our hearts. Every team member at Hearlink has his or her own story about why it’s so important to us, but the bottom line is that we want to change the lives of those impacted with hearing impairments.

 

There have been many small steps which have brought us to the roles and companies that we work in today, but it began with a truly valuable education to teach us the basics. We thought that today’s post would be a unique opportunity to educate our community on schools and programs to explore if you think that this is a track that you might pursue.

 

There are several components to keep in mind. Up until 2012, audiologists only needed to possesses a master’s degree in order to practice independently. However, since that time, audiologists must now earn doctoral degrees like PhDs or AuDs so that they can become certified in their native country.

 

But let’s take a few steps back. First you’re going to need a bachelor’s degree. There actually isn’t a specified undergraduate major, but you should skew your focus towards math, anatomy, physiology and physics. You will find that some colleges have programs specifically targeting communications sciences. These are an added bonus if you’re exploring the audiology or speech-language pathology fields.

 

You won’t begin your formal training until you reach the graduate level. Make sure that you choose a graduate program that is recognized nationally, this can ultimately affect your ability to be licensed and to be employed later on down the road. You’re going to be looking at at least four year of full-time study once you’re at the graduate level. This can last up to five-six years.

 

Now back to those additional components. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

 

Training- check what the national accreditation requests for training hours and make sure that you meet this mark. You may find that the doctoral program that you enroll in meets this requirement, but it never hurts to check.

 

Licensing/Certification- Once you have fulfilled your education and training requirements, it’s time to be certified or licensed. This will likely include an additional exam that you will need to study for.

 

Additional Skills & Qualities- Audiology is a complex science and you’re going to be dealing with your patient’s feelings and emotions. Because of this, it is recommended that you have analytical skills, a passion for what you’re doing and the science behind it, and strong spatial awareness. If you’re especially comfortable with technology, this will help you in the long run, especially as there continues to be an evolution in the processes and tools made available to you.

 

Questions on any of the above? Be sure to reach out to your Hearlink team. We’ll be happy to help.

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