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  • Audiologist

  • An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses, treats and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance problems. An Audiologist's academic and clinical training provides the foundation for patient management from birth through adulthood. 

    Job responsibilities:

    • Audiologists determine appropriate treatment of hearing and balance problems by combining a complete history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular assessments. 
    • Based upon the diagnosis, the audiologist presents a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment or balance problems. 
    • Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids as part of a comprehensive rehabilitative program.
    • As a primary hearing health provider, audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing or balance problem requires medical or surgical evaluation or treatment 

      Places of practice: 

    • Medical centers and hospitals
    • Private practice settings
    • Schools
    • Government health facilities and agencies
    • Colleges and universities

    Educational requirements:

    • A strong liberal arts focus is recommended on the undergraduate level-typically students obtain a degree in communication sciences and disorders.
    • Graduate work is necessary for American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) certification.
    • A master's degree in most work settings is required.
    • A PhD is required for some areas.

    Educational programs:

    Licensure requirements:

    Most states, including Rhode Island, require audiologists to be licensed.  Requirements vary from state to state.  Go to the Rhode Island Department of Health Web site to see the requirements for the State of Rhode Island.

    Professional organizations: