Audiology entails the diagnosis of hearing problems, fitting of hearing aids and therapy for patients with impaired hearing. Therapy is aimed at improving language, speech and lip-reading abilities as well as listening disabilities, and also the treatment of persons with cochlear implants. 

Audiologists work directly with people, often children and the elderly, investigating problems with patients’ hearing and balance and developing methods of correcting them. To diagnose neurological diseases they make use of certain techniques and specialised equipment. They study problem cases found during routine tests and carry out further investigations.

Audiologists have to work with medical and scientific staff to develop and assess new hearing aids and equipment for people with hearing impairments. They have to adjust and calibrate equipment used for testing. They may also be responsible for managing a team of biomedical scientists and other support staff such as medical technologists, laboratory assistants and clerical assistants.

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

NSC meeting requirements for a degree course.

What to Study

Degree: BA or BSc with suitable subjects - e.g. Wits, UCT, UP, UL


  • private practice
  • hospitals and clinics
  • special schools
  • speech and hearing clinics
  • Department of Education

Further Information

SA Speech-Language and Hearing Disorders Association
P O Box 600
Wits, 2050
Tel: (011) 403-1892

South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association
P O Box 10813
Linton Grange, 6015
Tel: 0861 113 297 Fax: (041) 379-5388

Getting Started

  • make an appointment to speak to an audiologist about this type of career
  • do research into matters concerning the ear, hearing problems and their solutions

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