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Speech and Hearing Sciences


What do audiologists do?

Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. BLS 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook). ranks audiology fourth on its list of The Best Jobs of 2016.

The following factors were cited by the BLS as reasons for job growth within the profession of audiology:

  • Early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants contributing to an increase need for audiological evaluation and treatment
  • Advances in hearing aid design which may be more appealing now as a means to minimize hearing loss
  • The aging population, specifically those ages 55 and older, which will result in an increased need for hearing evaluations and assistive listening devices

Audiologists specialize in prevention, identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing disorders, including:

  • Performing diagnostic evaluations of hearing and function of the hearing mechanisms.
  • Prescribing hearing aids.
  • Developing and implementing hearing conservation programs for employees in their workplace.
  • Using computer technology developed to assist those with severe communication disabilities.
  • Participating as part of the implant team for cochlear implants.
  • Providing aural rehabilitation for individuals learning to use hearing aids and cochlear implants.
  • Participating in research and development of new products.
  • Teaching and supervising future audiologists.

Technology developed to assist those with severe communication disabilities and cochlear implants, which bypass damaged inner ear mechanisms, are among the most exciting clinical advances in the field.

Examples of where audiologists and speech pathologists work:

  • Hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
  • Nursing care facilities and community clinics.
  • Colleges and universities.
  • Private practice offices.
  • State and local health departments.
  • State and federal government agencies.
  • Home health agencies (home care).
  • Long-term facilities.
  • Adult day care centers.
  • Research laboratories and institutes.
  • Private industry.
  • Nonprofit clinics.
  • Public and private schools.


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