Audiologists are ear specialists. Typically, these professionals work with patients who have problems with hearing, balance or other ear-related problems. Audiologists typically work in health care settings, although many also work in schools or educational environments. Common duties of these workers include identifying, assessing and treating hearing problems and balance disorders, discussing symptoms with patients, documenting treatment, ordering equipment and hiring employees. Much of their work is centered on the need for hearing aids. They must be familiar with the latest diagnostic tools available in order to determine both the problem and the best treatment option. Additionally, audiologists may be responsible for determining the level of emotional or mental stress the hearing loss may be causing a patient and referring said patient to the appropriate resources to alleviate the stress.
A doctoral degree in audiology is required of all individuals who want to become audiologists.
Kentucky License and requirements
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology.
The American Board of Audiology may also grant certification.
Excellent bedside manner
Strong and confident sales ability
Ability to communicate well with their patients, despite potential hearing issues
Compassion and patience to make a patient feel comfortable
Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
Detailed personality with excellent record keeping skills