Audiologist

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.


Employment


  • private practice

  • hospitals and clinics

  • special schools

  • speech and hearing clinics

  • Department of Education


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


Programmes

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, University of Cape Town, University of KwaZulu-Natal