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About the Job

Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

It is also Called

  • Audiologist
  • Audiology Director
  • Audiology Doctor (AUD)
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology Licensed Audiologist (CCC-A Licensed Audiologist)
  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Clinical Director
  • Dispensing Audiologist
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Hearing Therapist
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What They Do

  • Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  • Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.
  • Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  • Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
  • Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  • Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
  • Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
  • Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
  • Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $68,750 with most people making between $34,060 and $97,550

Outlook

4.65%
avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 43 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be 56 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about 11 replacement openings for approximately 13 total annual openings.



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