Audiology

Audiology is about identifying and assessing hearing and balance function and their associated disorders.

You’d work with patients of all ages as part of a team, recommending and providing appropriate therapeutic rehabilitation and management.

Overview

Audiology is a rapidly developing field, and the need for audiological services is clear. A national study of hearing showed that approximately 16% of the population have a significant hearing loss, indicating that working in this field is an important area of the NHS.

Working life

In this area of healthcare science, you could work in areas including:

Healthcare science staff in audiology work in a variety of settings, including hospitals and community settings (including the independent sector), where they assess and treat patients. With appropriate further training and development, and depending on their employer, they may reach consultant level. Many operate open referral clinics and may be the only point of contact for the patient.

Some audiologists work in a university, where their job is primarily concerned with teaching and research. 

Roles in audiology

There are different roles within audiology that you can consider. These include:

Newborn hearing screener

As a newborn hearing screener you’d work in neonatal units, postnatal wards, and in hospitals and clinics. You’d be:

Hearing aid audiologist

​Hearing aid dispensers (HAD) are fully qualified clinicians who assess hearing and provide aftercare for hearing aids.  

Find out more about the role of hearing aid dispensers

Healthcare science practitioner

At a more senior level, working as a healthcare science practitioner, you’d:

Clinical scientist

As a clinical scientist working in audiology, you’d:

As a more experienced clinical scientist, you’d generally carry out the non-routine aspects of an audiological service, involving complex hearing and balance computer-based investigations especially where a high degree of competence and responsibility is necessary. This will require background knowledge of the scientific and technological foundation on which hearing science is based and would often involve you acting as a co-ordinator, manager and initiator of service development.

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