Audiology

As an audiologist, you will diagnose people for their hearing and balance related problems and treat them. You can also work as a speech therapist where you will help people recover from their speech and swallowing disorders.

What does an audiologist do?

An audiologist tests a patient’s hearing ability and balance using advanced technological devices and procedures. They measure the ability a person has, in distinguishing between different sounds and the level of volume at which they begin to hear. Once a problem is diagnosed, they use various treatment procedures like cleaning the ear canals, use of hearing aids and cochlear implants.


Speech therapy (also known as Speech-Language Pathology) is a related field which deals with speech and swallowing disorders. A speech therapist works with people who have problems like speaking difficulties, voice disorders, and lack of fluency or stuttering.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Examine patients and administer hearing tests
  • Checked Collect information about the impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  • Checked Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices like hearing aids
  • Checked Maintain patient records and subsequent evaluation results
  • Checked Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine the diagnosis procedures and courses of treatment
  • Checked Program and monitor cochlear implants(CI) to fit the needs of the patients

What are the job roles available in Audiology?

Audiologists are experts in diagnosing, managing and treating hearing and balance disorders or difficulties.
Speech Language Pathologists are experts in identifying, treating and preventing disorders or difficulties in speech ,communication and swallowing.

How to become an Audiologist?

Step 1
Take Science stream with Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English and/or Maths at the 10+2 level and securing at least a 50% score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into audiology courses.

Step 2
Take Bachelor’s in Audiology

The common course offered at the UG level in this area is Bachelor’s in Audiology. You can either go for a B.Sc. Audiology of 3 years duration or a Bachelor’s in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (BASLP) of 4 years duration.


Note: (Diploma Courses)

After 10+2, you can also go for a Diploma in Hearing, Language and Speech (DHLS) or a Diploma in Hearing Aid and Earmould Technology (DHAET).The duration of these courses are 1 year.

Step 3
Take Master’s in Audiology

After completing the UG degree, you can go for either M.Sc. Audiology or MASLP (Master’s in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology). The duration of these courses are 2 years.


Note: Certificate Courses)

You can also pursue Post Graduate Certificate Courses in Auditory Verbal Therapy (PGCAVT), the duration of which is usually 6 months.

Audiology Colleges

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Requirements for masters in Audiology

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For admission into M.Sc. Audiology at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru)

  • A BSc (Sp & Hg) / BASLP degree or an equivalent thereto with RCI recognition (except for National Institutes of Importance).
  • A Minimum 50 % marks on average.
  • On the basis of the Entrance examination conducted by AIISH,Mysore.


    Admission Notification 2018-19

    Prospectus 2018-19

Foreign (For admission into MSc Audiology at the National University of Singapore)

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in allied health sciences, life sciences or engineering.
  • Pass a placement test (interview and / or written test) set by the core programme staff.
  • An overall IELTS score of 7 on an average or an acceptable score in other language tests.

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Skills Required

Communication Skill

Audiologists need to communicate test results,diagnoses and proposed treatments to the patients in order to ensure effective treatment.They also may need to communicate with other healthcare providers regarding patient care.

Compassion

Audiologists work with patients who may be emotionally down or frustrated because of their hearing or balance issues. They must treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Active Listening

Audiologists as medical professionals must be active listeners, so that the patient can convey their issues effectively.

Critical-thinking skills

Audiologists must be able to analyze the patient’s situation in detail in order to offer the best treatment. They may need to provide alternative plans when patients do not respond to initial treatment.

Patience

Audiologists may work work with patients for long periods, especially with those who need special attention.

Problem-solving skills

Audiologists must figure out the causes of hearing and balance problems and determine the appropriate treatment to solve them.

Industries

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